Matsena Performance Company presents Error Code 8:46, a counterpoint to the Geometry of Fear, a dance performance composed in three acts, and influenced by three distinct locations. The choreography will address ideas of Humanity, Spirituality and Nature in an attempt to crush borders within the framework of a performance and also those between performer and audience. This will be a significant moment within a movement that has included mass uprising, civil unrest and cries for change two incredibly talented young brothers, and rising stars in the world of dance and choreography.
The choreographers and dancers are in the final weeks of rehearsals, working with a young and talented cast and crew, to create this accompanying film that explores the important themes contained within the performance so that they can be brought to a wider audience.
Matsena Performance Theatre was founded by Anthony and Kel Matsena – Zimbabwean born and Welsh raised brothers. Through their experience of being brought up in an Afrocentric house and having Eurocentric schooling, they have built a love and curiosity for telling stories that express themes of culture, race, change and belonging. Having trained at prestigious schools: London Contemporary Dance School and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, which then led to them developing a passion to drive narratives using a wide range of performance disciplines. Their ambition is to continue to encourage people to have conversations about the difficulties faced in our society.
Those who witnessed Anthony Matsena’s ground-breaking performance When it Arrives, commissioned for MOVEMENT at Messums Wiltshire in 2019, will not easily forget it. Following that remarkable event, Anthony became our Performance Associate for 2019/20 and this September, we are delighted to present the result of that process as a new work, made in response to the repercussions of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and uses – as its start point – the creative energy of Elisabeth Frink’s output and her recreated Woolland Studio, installed in the historic barn at Messums Wiltshire.
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