The second step of a tour around Bristol by a dance maker and a theatre composer experimenting with how a work is changed by where it is presented.
'We are taking our show for a walk around Bristol.
Three performances in three days in three different places.
Arnolfini is the second stop on this trilogy of events that will lead us from the Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bedminster to Trinity Centre on the other side of town.
At the heart of Countless Yellow Chairs are nine chairs. The two of us, and nine chairs. In turn, they, and we, are an aloneness, an embrace, a memory, an imprint, witness. They are bones, they are a forest, they are stacked, they are an aftermath, they are a ballroom, they are resting, they are one short, they hold our weight, they hold our wait. We hold theirs. They are countless. And they are nine yellow chairs.
We are interested in how our work is changed by the place we perform it in. We are interested in responding to the places where we are invited to show the piece, and to notice what each context brings to the audience's approach to and experience of the work.'
- Laila Diallo
Countless Yellow Chairs is devised and performed by dance maker Laïla Diallo and theatre composer/songwriter Jules Maxwell. The two-hander follows on from a first collaboration between the two artists on Hold Everything Dear (2012).
“A poetic celebration of the human spirit”
- Nicholas Minns, www.writingaboutdance.com on Hold Everything Dear
‘...a pensive, delicate assemblage of movement and music...wallow[ing] gracefully in a deftly conjured atmosphere.’
The Times on Hold Everything Dear
The work is supported using public funding by Arts Council England, co-commissioned by Theatre Bristol, Bath ICIA and Bristol Old Vic Ferment/Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Laïla is a dance maker based in Bristol. Recent work includes Edge and Shore, a collaboration with visual artist Helen Carnac commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance and presented most recently at The Whitechapel Gallery, London. A recipient of a Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers in 2006, she also was an Associate Artist at ROH2, Royal Opera House, between 2009 and 2012. She is currently creating a new work for Skånes Dansteater, Malmo, Sweden.
Jules is a theatre composer and songwriter based in Northern France. Recent work includes Doctor Faustus, Antony and Cleopatra, The Merchant of Venice and Boudica at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, Virgin Territory for Vincent Dance Theatre and Spectrum for Skånes Dansteater in Malmo. As a piano player Jules has toured with Dead Can Dance, Duke Special and Foy Vance. He is currently collaborating with Lisa Gerrard on songs for Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, and lighting designer Lucy Carter on a sound and light installation for Dance Unbrella. He previously worked with Laïla Diallo on Hold Everything Dear.