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contagion.jpg This looks kind of contagious

A major new dance work exploring viral contagion and war as pandemic is – ahem – sweeping the nation. (Including the Gymnasium Gallery in Berwick where it’s premiering - for free - before touring the country.)

Yes – you did read that correctly – this highly-imaginative, 40-minute promenade piece, from Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, will explore ideas around viral pandemic, and the metaphor of the virus conducting a parallel warfare against humans. Jeyasingh’s choreography echoes the scientific features of a virus – rapid, random, agile and adaptive – where eight female dancers contort, strategise and mutate as they explore both the resilience and the vulnerability of the human body. The extraordinary work of artist Egon Schiele, himself a victim of the pandemic, is a powerful footnote to the choreography. His twisted body shapes and expressive lines reflected early understandings of neuro-science and psychology.

Contagion, Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 September, Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick, 1.30pm & 3.30pm (plus 6.30pm on Saturday), free but ticketed. Please call or visit the website to reserve a place. 01289 330 999; maltingsberwick.co.uk/events/dance/4657