Saturday 27th April 7.30-9pm

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Roots is a double bill created by Wency Lam, containing two pieces entitled ‘(Overseas)’ and ‘Is Any Body Home?’ respectively. They are centred around themes of migration, colonialism, identity and belonging. The audience will be drawn into the performance which combines iconic props, epic soundscapes, skilful lighting and bodies that tell stories.

(Overseas) as a performance set out to bring confusion and ambiguity. It addresses an identity crisis that occurs due to colonisation and migration, where old identities have dissolved and no new identities are formed.

Is Any Body Home? is a visceral exploration of the passage from what used to be ‘home’, to a foreign land now called ‘home’. It is a dance theatre performance that leaves you in confusion and speculation, just as unsettling as the migration journey.

'The stage is bare, the lighting discreet and the jarring music force the audience to focus solely on the dancers, Hsinyu Wu and Esme Lovell, who demonstrate exceptional grace, strength, flexibility and agility. They portray a remarkable range of feelings and emotions through movement leaving the audience in no doubt as to their struggle and the anguish endured during their journey towards home.'  - Sarah Crown, Yorkshire Times

'Skilled movement artists and thoughtful choreography create moments of both visceral discomfort against a jarring soundtrack and a beautiful and tender duet in 'Is Any Body Home?' - Theatre Deli, Sheffield

'Was blown away by this piece!! It was hauntingly beautiful' - Audience member


Credits

Producer & Director: Wency Lam

Devising performers: John Hardy, Ronan Cardoza, Romina Dazzarola Forno, Hsinyu Wu, Esme Lovell

Sound designer: Michael Tang

Props designer: Liane Lang

Studio Lighting designer: Ali Hunter

Dramaturgical support: Tenzin Choezin

Photo credits: Rocio Chacon, Olivia Wallis Jackson

Photography Creative media director: Maggie Chan Tin Lok

This production is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. 

Rehearsal space supported by Centre 151, FieldWorks Dance, Creative Re-Work and East London Dance.


About this performance

Age guidance: This performance is recommended for ages 15+.

Content warningThis performance contains props that resemble real human limbs.

Duration: This performance is 1.5 hours long. 

Interval: This performance has an interval.

Pre/Post show activity: This performance does not have any pre/post show activity.  

Tickets: Tickets cost £15 regular and £12 concessions and are available to purchase through Eventbrite


Accessibility

If you have any specific access requirements you would like us to be aware of, please email [email protected]


Find out more about Wency Lam

Wency Lam a dance theatre artist, born in Canada, raised in Hong Kong, and is currently an immigrant to UK. Wency’s practice is a mixture of movement practices from her multiple roots including somatic practice, contact improvisation, and open-style choreography, Chinese dance etc. In their creative work, Wency endeavours to transmit sensations. There lies a strong connection between my more personal somatic practice and the more public-facing performances.

Wency has presented work in the Sheffield Fringe Previews 2023, Resolution Festival 2023 and 2024, London Festival of Contemporary Church Music 2022, London Festival of Architecture 2022, and her short film has received an Honourable Mention from Student World Impact Film Festival 2022.

www.wencylam.com

Instagram: @lamwency


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