Pact with Pointlessness
Hailed as one of the UK’s most outstanding performers and creators, Wendy Houstoun’s highly distinctive style blends beautifully observed movement with rigorously constructed text, and genuine meaning with an irreverent wit. Increasingly incorporating bold video imagery into her work, her multi-award-winning performances maintain a strong English identity and eccentricity while having a direct and accessible presentation style that has universal appeal. Alongside her self-written, self-directed solo work, Wendy is widely known internationally for her many collaborations with DV8 Physical Theatre, Forced Entertainment and Candoco amongst others.
Described as a solo piece for two people, Pact with Pointlessness was made in response to the untimely death of Houstoun’s close friend and collaborator Nigel Charnock (co-founder of DV8), and is driven by her need to speak about personally relevant issues relating to the complexities of age and dying, while trying to side step the stereotypes that accompany them. Using conventional theatre constructs in an unconventional way, Houstoun navigates her way through scenes of seemingly futile purpose with her trademark humour and forthright honesty.
DesignerChris Copland (Lighting Designer)
Number of people on stage1
Number of people in touring company2-3
Oversized flat packed cardboard boxes
Touring AvailabilityFrom September 2015
Scale of venueSmall-scale (capacity up to 400)
Minimum performance space6m x 6m
Text-basedMedium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
VenueStudio 1, Dance Base
Production dates26-30 AUGUST
Duration55 MINS (no interval)
Wendy Houstoun is able to provide wraparound activity including:
Post show talks
Illustrated talks about her work
Workshops for experienced dancers/actors performers
Wendy usually prefers to lead intensive workshops over a number of days as her work is cumulative and needs time to develop relationships with the participants. The work tends to revolve around how text and movement work together, and work with theatrical devising methods and improvisations to develop dancers sense of performance and audience relationship.
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