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 her latest production Hold Tight, Charlotte Vincent is shifting her gaze from gender issues towards themes of home, family and belonging, specifically the stories of children within the care system which reflect on inherited cycles of trauma, rupture and repair.
Building on the company’s research for and production of In Loco Parentis (pictured above) – halted mid-tour in March 2020 – Hold Tight is an inter-generational ensemble production performed by established VDT collaborators (including Rob Clark, Janusz Orlik, Aurora Lubos) and teenage performers Eben Flo (Shut Down) and Maia Faulkner (Virgin Territory). Reflecting our current compromised physicality and isolation, the piece is constructed in solo modules, some made for In Loco Parentis, some newly created in 2021, and dovetails music by Jules Maxwell with a soundscape of recorded testimonies from care-experienced children, adoptive parents and foster carers. Layered with psychological and emotional tension, Hold Tight offers a window into the dislocated lives of care-experienced young people and embeds this within a wider exploration of what home, family and belonging means to us now.
“Charlotte Vincent’ …. transmits powerful messages and poses challenging questions” DanceTabs
Watch the In Loco Parentis trailer