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.
Drawing on VDT’s recent works Art of Attachment 2018 and In Loco Parentis 2020 (pictured), Hold Tight is a visually rich production of physical theatre which offers a window into the often detached and dislocated lives of care-experienced young people. The production is layered with psychological and emotional tension, incorporating real-life testimony within a beautiful soundtrack by Jules Maxwell, and leads us to a wider exploration of what home, family and belonging means to us now. Hold Tight is performed on a set with the giant blackboard backdrop from In Loco Parentis and has an inter-generational cast of long term VDT collaborators (Robert Clark, Janusz Orlik, Aurora Lubos, Valerie Ebuwa and Antonia Grove) performing alongside three teenagers Eben Roddis (Shut Down), Maia Faulkner (Virgin Territory) and T from In Loco Parentis. Hold Tight is a blended offer to promoters, consisting of a full-length live ensemble production touring in November 2022 and/or an online collection of 8 short films.
“Charlotte Vincent’ …. transmits powerful messages and poses challenging questions” DanceTabs
Watch the In Loco Parentis trailer