An interactive sound and movement performance installation, for chidren aged 1-5yrs, young ASD audiences and Young PMLD audiences.
Performed by 3 dancers and accompanied by a live musician and interactive floor, Under Foot explores how different floor textures inspire and influence movement. Under Foot invites its audience to engage with the performers and the space through movement, sound and play.
The specially created dance floor has sensors beneath that pick up the movement patterns of the audience above. This information is fed into specially designed software which creates a unique score for each performance which is supported by the live musician. Children and their accompanying adults are invited to interact with the dancers and immerse themselves in exploring three different floor textures in a relaxed environment.
Under Foot works well in informal spaces like rehearsal rooms and lobby/mezzanine areas but can easily be adapted for stage spaces as well.
Under Foot was researched and developed with support from Arts Council England, Theatre Bristol, the egg, Tobacco Factory Theatres and New Siblands School.
It's creation and autumn 2015 tour is being supported by Arts Council England, Theatre Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset Council, South Gloucestershire and Theatre Orchard.
|2-3 Oct 15||Stratford Circus, London|
|6-9 Oct 15||New Siblands School, South Glos|
|19-24 Oct 15||Take Off Festival, Durham|
|27 Oct 15||Polka Theatre, London|
|30 Oct 15||Salisbury Playhouse, Sailsbury|
|3-5 Nov 15||Warmley Park School, South Glos|
|11-15 Nov 15||the egg Theatre, Bath|
|17-19 Nov 15||Three Ways School, Bath|
|20-21 Nov 15||Circomedia, Bristol|
|26-28 Nov 15||The Theatre Shop, Clevedon|
|13 Jan 16||Bath Central Library|
|2 Feb 16||Keynsham Library|
|11-12 Feb 16||Southbank Centre, London|
|Murilo Leite, Kim Noble & Dan Martin||Dancers|
|Laura Street||Dancer/Stage Manager|
|Joe Wright||Musician/Sound Designer|
Feedback & Reviews...
"...It's really something to see your child converse like this, without any recognisable language, just sounds and shapes - something they all make together." full article
Theatre Bath Review by Gill Kirk
"I'm not sure how old they have to be before children start building the kind of memories that they can later recall as adults, but I'd so like to think that somewhere Mo will have stored away something of today: the feeling of her toes tentatively exploring synthetic turf, the curiousness of the shapes made by the strange grown-ups, rolling and spinning and bending and slowly enticing her to play, the singing sounds of the saxophone or just the exhilaration behind her animated - albeit somewhat forceful - invitation, 'mummy, jump and dance and dance with me!'..." full article
Article from Entertaining Morven blog
"Last week we had the "AboutNOWish" team come in to perform their interactive sound and movement piece "Underfoot" at Threeways. They took over the Sensory Studio for three days and worked with several students and I can not praise their work highly enough. Not only were the students inspired and very obviously joyfully engaged, but the staff too. Since the departure of the team the school has been buzzing with people collaborating to build on that creative energy and replicate some of the fantastic work that went on...
I would highly recommend this performance and indeed we hope to find another opportunity to work with them again. We have received many testimonials from staff and parents as to the effectiveness of the sessions." full article
Luke Woodbury, resident artist at Three Ways School writing on the Dot Lib blog