A GIRL SKIPPING
A Girl Skipping was devised and premiered in 1990, and became a seminal work of alternative British Theatre.
The five performers, originally Heather Ackroyd, Emma Bernard, David Coulter, Liz Kettle and Barnaby Stone, enacted an anarchic, entranced and climactic ritual of play before the audience. The risk, addiction and shifting belief of play became the text of this work that wove speech and action into an unrelenting enactment of joy and danger.
The piece toured internationally until 1992 including The Place and the Royal Court Theatre in London and New York and Montreal Festivals. It was the recipient of a Time Out/Dance Umbrella Award. Funded by Barclays New Stages, Arts Council of Great Britain, British Council.
The original process and devising A Girl Skipping was revisited in Re-play: a ghost history of A Girl Skipping at ResCen, the Centre for Research into Creation in the Performing Arts at Middlesex University, London.
In A Girl Skipping, play becomes illuminating, an allegorical way of describing isolation and social relationships, of transcending death by networking unstoppable movement to consistent sound. An exhilarating work, this is minimalist music theatre at its provocative best.
VIDEO A GIRL SKIPPING London (edited)