Under choreographer/director Charlotte Vincent, Vincent Dance Theatre has a reputation for inventive political productions which quite literally delve into the fabric of British society through a socially-engaged research process. Virgin Territory (2016), made in collaboration with four teenagers, examined the impact of our over-sexualised culture on girls, earning two National Dance Award nominations. Vincent’s Shut Down (2017), with an all-male cast, including three teenagers, was critically acclaimed for its witty, thought-provoking take on what it means to be a man today.
With In Loco Parentis, Charlotte Vincent is shifting her gaze from gender issues towards themes of home, family and belonging. This latest production reflects on inherited cycles of trauma, rupture and repair that drive children into care and questions society’s readiness to blame and shame those whose lives become chaotic after a disrupted start.
With real-life testimony drawn from up-coming community research and some stories carried forward from a recent one-off production Art of Attachment (made with women in recovery), In Loco Parentis will combine spoken word with movement and strong visual imagery to illuminate the inner worlds and extraordinary resilience of the ‘looked after’ child, and to reflect on the dynamic between experience and choice. Typically, the cast will combine professional and non-professional performers, with three young care-leavers. It will be directed by Charlotte Vincent, with text by Wendy Houstoun and soundtrack by Jules Maxwell.
Vincent Dance Theatre is reprising Shut Down for a tour in 2019:
26 February Farnham Maltings
28 February Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth
02 March Barnsley Civic
05 March Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
07 March Dance City, Newcastle
13 March The Arts Institute, Plymouth
19 March Edge Hill Arts Centre, Ormskirk
21 March Corn Exchange, Newbury
26 March Curve Theatre, Leicester
28 March Connaught Theatre, Worthing
02 April Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes
04 April Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
“Charlotte Vincent’s new work transmits powerful messages and poses challenging questions” DanceTabs
Watch the Shut Down trailer