Following a recent and extended history of collaborating together at the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, Lily McLeish and Jonathan Goddard present While You Are Here, a compelling new play for dance written by Eve Leigh. In an exciting combination of dance, text and film, While You Are Here questions the connections, legacies and inheritance passing through the centuries. Four world-class dancer/actors inhabit a striking world created by designer Akhila Krishnan with an original score by Max Pappenheim.
While You Are Here explores the events that unfold over time in one small space. In 2115 past secrets are uncovered, three centuries earlier a couple contemplate their future, someone catches fire and a dream is forever lost. Simultaneously looking at the past, present and future, stories are connected through their location, forgotten incidents ricocheting through the space as generations of humans pass by trying to make sense of life, death, and time.
“We are a way for the universe to know itself” (Carl Sagan)