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Dartington Live: A new seasonal programme of performance and music


Dartington Live is working with acclaimed artists and thinkers from around the world to tackle some of today’s very real challenges and explore the ‘big’ questions in an imaginative, innovative and transformative way.

We invite you to join our journey. It will be challenging and exciting, sometimes a little controversial, but always dynamic and engaging.

Everything we do starts with a conversation. Let’s talk.

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1-30 Dec. Growing up isn’t easy, especially when you’re in love with a bear. Stunning puppetry, bewitching music, deft humour and a touch of snow combine in this truly magical Christmas tale from The Wrong Crowd.

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the money

17 Nov. In this cross between a game and a theatrical performance, you can choose to be a Silent Witness or you can be a Player and consider how to spend a pot of real cash. It’s not as straightforward as you might think!

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grass

26 Nov. A wiggly delight! This interactive dance show for all ages 4+ is performed on freshly cut turf and includes all manner of tiny creatures.

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gaelynn lea

9 Dec. Be bewitched by Gaelynn Lea’s experimental and ambient takes on fiddle music, incorporating traditional tunes, songwriting, poetry and sonic exploration.

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Accessible performances

We want to ensure that Dartington Live can be enjoyed by as many people as possible. Click here for details of special, accessible performances of Dartington Live shows.


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Creative Workshops with Fevered Sleep

Creative Workshops with Fevered Sleep

  • Sat 25th Nov, 10am. Sun 26th Nov, 10am

A Dartington Live event. FREE workshops for children aged 8 - 12 years. Playful, creative workshops combining elements of movement, art, film and performance.

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Grass Workshop - Second Hand Dance

Grass Workshop - Second Hand Dance

  • Sat 25th Nov, 10:30am & 2pm

A Dartington Live event. Second Hand Dance offer creative movement workshops for children (recommended age 4-6) with Grass performer Helena Webb.

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Grass - Second Hand Dance

Grass - Second Hand Dance

  • Sun 26th Nov, 11:30am & 2pm | £10.00

A Dartington Live event. Look down. What are you standing on? Explore the ground and all of its wriggling inhabitants in this quirky dance show for young children and families.

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The Girl with the Iron Claws

The Girl with the Iron Claws

  • Fri 1st Dec, 7pm. Sat 2nd Dec, 4:30pm. Thu 7th Dec, 7pm. Fri 8th Dec, 4:30pm & 7pm. Sat 9th Dec, 11:30am & 4:30pm. Sun 10th Dec, 11:30am & 4:30pm. Wed 13th Dec, 11:30am | £8.00

A Dartington Live event. The Wrong Crowd present 'The Girl with the Iron Claws'. Growing up isn't easy, especially when you're in love with a bear.

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The Wrong Crowd - Engagement Workshops

The Wrong Crowd - Engagement Workshops

  • Sat 2nd Dec, 3pm. Thu 21st Dec, 3pm | £3.00

Get crafty with The Wrong Crowd this Christmas! To accompany their production, The Girl with the Iron Claws, The Wrong Crowd are inviting families to join a hands-on workshop where you can learn to make and operate your own shadow puppets!

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Gaelynn Lea

Gaelynn Lea

  • Sat 9th Dec 2017
  • 8pm
  • £12.00

Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been bewitching scores of fans with her experimental and ambient takes on fiddle music, an approach that incorporates her love of traditional tunes, songwriting, poetry and sonic exploration.

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Heads Up - Kieran Hurley

Heads Up - Kieran Hurley

  • Fri 2nd Feb, 8pm. Sat 3rd Feb, 8pm | £12.00

Multi award-winner Kieran Hurley weaves a picture of a familiar city at its moment of destruction, asking what would we do if we found ourselves at the end of our world as we know it.

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Primo - Alfredo Zinola & Felipe Gonzalez

Primo - Alfredo Zinola & Felipe Gonzalez

  • Sat 10th Feb, 11:30am & 2pm. Sun 11th Feb, 11:30am & 2pm | £10.00

Primo by Alfredo Zinola and Felipe González in an unusual performance of underwater contemporary dance and is literally set in a large pool on the stage.

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At Sea - Broken Spectacles

At Sea - Broken Spectacles

  • Thu 22nd Feb 2018
  • 7pm
  • £10.00

Presented by two of Europe’s finest ethnographers, we explore the ancient myth of the Selkie.

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Portraits in Motion

Portraits in Motion

  • Fri 23rd Feb, 8pm. Sat 24th Feb, 8pm | £12.00

Since 2003 Volker Gerling has walked over 3,500km throughout Germany, inviting people to visit his travelling Flipbook thumb cinema exhibition and creating flipbook portraits of some of the people he meets along the way.

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Séance

Séance

  • Wed 28th Feb, 7:20pm & 7:40pm & 7pm & 8:20pm & 8:40pm & 8pm & 9:20pm & 9:40pm & 9pm. Thu 1st Mar, 7pm | £6.50

Séance explores the psychology of a group of people who have been bombarded with suggestible material. It is an intense sonic performance for twenty people at a time, lasting for twenty terrifying minutes.

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Seb Rochford

Seb Rochford

  • Sat 3rd Mar 2018
  • 8:30pm
  • £12.00

Premiering an exciting new work, composer and drummer Seb Rochford (Polar Bear, Acoustic Ladyland) explores the theme of communication with an innovative exploration of immersive lighting design and acoustic music performed live by two drummers & two trombonists.

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The Preston Bill

The Preston Bill

  • Fri 9th Mar, 8pm. Sat 10th Mar, 8pm | £12.00

The story of a life. The story of our lives. Welcome to the North. A story from Preston. About Preston. A story that will make you stop and think about where you, and we, are in the world.

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Ten - ACE dance and music

Ten - ACE dance and music

  • Fri 16th Mar, 8pm. Sat 17th Mar, 8pm | £12.00

A thought-provoking full-length dance production. Combining contemporary dance with an essence of Flamenco, Kathak and ACE’s own Afro-fusion style, TEN is a visceral and exhilarating dance production.

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Instructions for a Border Crossing

Instructions for a Border Crossing

  • Fri 23rd Mar 2018
  • 8pm
  • £12.00

A twelve-year-old girl sneaks across the border into her own country. Her parents watch her on a computer screen. The works of a half-forgotten performance artist seem to hold the key to bringing down a brutal system operating on our behalf and under our noses. Do you join in? Or do you look the other way?

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The Six O'Clock News - workshop & performance

  • Sat 24th Mar 2018
  • 8pm
  • £12.00

Daniel Bye and Dartington Live present a unique live experience. Collapse of the ice caps? Riots in Totnes? Jacob Rees-Mogg as Prime Minister? Whatever the headlines on the Saturday 24th March, they will be digested and responded to for your viewing pleasure.

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Plan B for Utopia - Joan Cleville Dance

Plan B for Utopia - Joan Cleville Dance

  • Fri 30th Mar, 8pm. Sat 31st Mar, 8pm | £12.00

You have a plan, and then you don’t. You have a dream, and then you wake up. You fall in love, and your heart gets broken. The question is: do you pick up the pieces and try again?

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Last Act of Rebellion - Lone Twin

Last Act of Rebellion - Lone Twin

  • Fri 6th Apr, 8pm. Sat 7th Apr, 8pm | £14.00

An eclectic group of collaborators working with songs that are perhaps a little too well known, creating dances for two men in their mid-forties who know no better.

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Hauschka

Hauschka

  • Sun 15th Apr 2018
  • 8pm
  • £14.00

The sonic landscapes created by German pianist/composer Volker Bertelmann — better known as Hauschka — sound like the work of a whole ensemble, so it is an astonishing sight to see just one lone figure onstage.

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History History History - Deborah Pearson

History History History - Deborah Pearson

  • Fri 20th Apr, 7pm. Sat 21st Apr, 7pm | £12.00

This is a performance for lovers of old cinema, and for anyone who has stared at pictures of their ancestors a little too long.

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Felix

Felix's Machine with Plaid

  • Sat 28th Apr 2018
  • 8:30pm
  • £14.00

Felix Thorn is an artist who creates music using audiovisual sculptures designed and constructed by himself. The project Felix’s Machines was originally built as an acoustic set of machines intended for gallery exhibitions, installations and intimate performances.

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Hatch

Hatch

  • Sun 29th Apr, 11am & 2pm | £10.00

With a sparkling musical score by Brazilian percussionist and composer Adriano Adewale, Polka and The Royal Opera bring you the perfect introduction to music and theatre.

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