About It begins in darkness

It begins in darkness is a dance full of ghosts: an environment for processing the fear, anger and confusion which arise from the histories of slavery and colonialism that haunt the present.

In this stark, stripped back performance, five dancers move through mysterious and experimental rites of passage, channeling past, present and future tensions through their bodies and voices. As if to exorcise the haunted house of history, the dancers whisper, jump, wrestle, shiver, wail and laugh, filling the space with horrors, both real and imagined.

Seke Chimutengwende has been researching the connections between horror, haunting and the histories of slavery and colonialism since 2019. This is Seke’s first independently created group piece since 2015, following recent works Black Holes, an Afrofuturist duet with Alexandrina Hemsley, Plastic Soul, part rock show, part dance solo, and Detective Work, a duet with Stephanie McMann about mystery and figuring things out. He has also recently made a new work with Candoco Dance Company.

Please note: A transcript of the show’s text will be provided at Box Office.

Cast and Creatives

Dancers: Rhys Dennis, Adrienne Ming, Mayowa Ogunnaike, Rose Sall Sao and Natifah White
Conceived and Directed by:
Seke Chimutengwende
Choreography and Text: Seke Chimutengwende with the dancers Creative input from Alethia Antonia
Dramaturgy: Charlie Ashwell
Lighting Design: Marty Langthorne
Costume Design: Annie Pender
Aisha Orazbayeva
Sound Technician: Michael Picknett
Producer: Eve Veglio-Hüner
Production Manager: Sorcha Stott-Strzala


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