Award-winning choreographer brings new show to Exeter Phoenix

Weightless by Yael Flexer - Image by Chris Nash - Dancer Lyndsey McConville
Weightless by Yael Flexer – Image by Chris Nash – Dancer Lyndsey McConville

Following sell-out performances in Israel, award-winning choreographer, Yael Flexer is back in the UK with digital artist Nic Sandiland.

Working together as Flexer & Sandiland, this unification signifies the growing collaborative work the pair has produced over the last few years, creating live work for the stage as well as gallery-based and sited digital installations.

Made for the company’s 20th anniversary celebrations, Weightless, in a tongue in cheek way, references its own historical position. It questions the ‘weight’ of history, both personal and aesthetic. What is it that roots us down physically and emotionally? What might it feel like to let go or take flight? Faking and reasserting the past, identities get swapped and the choreographer is relegated to the wings.

For this work Yael and Nic have strengthened their relationship and have developed a new and exciting sound and AV installation as part of the live performance.

For Weightless, this special celebratory piece, Yael continues her multi-disciplinary approach to theatre by combining dance, music and text. She brings together an exciting team of international collaborators including Israeli cellist Karni Postel, composer Dougie Evans and the unique talents of Wendy Houstoun who has developed the script as well as live artist Gary Stevens who worked as dramaturg and external director for the production.

Yael and Nic’s work generates of a sense of intimacy in live performance and digital installation, acknowledging the physicality and presence of the viewer. Works play with the viewer as potential witness and occasional accomplice.
Weightless – Flexer & Sandiland is at the Exeter Phoenix on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 8pm. Tickets: Full £10, Concession £8


(from a press release)