Credit Harry Clark: Cast of Black dancers performing It Begins in Darkness. Black and white filterm with a group of five dancers with their knees bent, their left arm up and bent and the other below and their palms facing up. Photography © Harry Clark

It Begins in Darkness

1 June-1 June

It Begins in Darkness is an environment for processing the fear, anger and confusion which arise from the histories of slavery and colonialism that haunt the present.

Brixton House presents

Description

Conceived and directed by Seke Chimutengwende.

It Begins in Darkness is a dance full of ghosts.

In this stark, stripped back performance, five dancers move through a series of mysterious and experimental rites of passage, channelling past, present and future tensions through their bodies and voices. As if to exorcise the haunted house of history, the dancers whisper, jump, wrestle, shiver, wail and laugh, filling the space with horrors, both real and imagined.

It Begins in Darkness is an environment for processing the fear, anger and confusion which arise from the histories of slavery and colonialism that haunt the present.

Seke has been researching the connections between horror, haunting and the histories of slavery and colonialism since 2019. The research has included the writing of a long piece of text, a rehearsal period on Zoom, and a residency at a stately home, alongside work in the studio. This is Seke’s first independently created group piece since 2015, following recent works Black Holes, an Afrofuturist duet with Alexandrina Hemsley, Plastic Soul, part rock show, part dance solo, and Detective Work, a duet with Stephanie McMann about mystery and figuring things out. He has also recently made a new work with Candoco Dance Company.

Content Warning

Contains themes of horror and colonial violence.

Access Information

An access booklet designed by SoundScribe is available for this performance. This booklet offers an elaborated experience of the show and its making, including exclusive interviews and expanded commentaries on the soundscape. This booklet is available in print and in audio and has been put together by SoundScribe, a global-majority collective offering audio description and access consultancy.

The content of this booklet combines audio description and captioning in the hope of offering an innovative access point into this performance work for both blind + partially sighted patrons and d/Deaf + hearing impaired patrons. As this work tours, not every performance will be audio-described live but we encourage you to listen to our audio-described extracts in the audio booklet.

Let yourself be immersed in the show’s soundscape: moments of stillness accompanied by silence, pattering feet, hunched sniggers, spine-tingling, screams and shuddering convulsions of possession.

You can also listen to the audio description YouTube playlist here.

Creative Team

Conceived and directed by Seke Chimutengwende

Choreography & text Seke Chimutengwende and the dancers

Dancers Isaac Ouro-Gnao, Adrienne Ming, Mayowa Ogunnaike, Sharol Mackenzie, Natifah White

Created with input from Alethia Antonia

Previous cast Rhys Dennis, Rose Sall Sao & Kassichana Okene-Jameson

Dramaturg Charlie Ashwell

Lighting Designer Marty Langthorne

Costume Annie Pender

Composer Aisha Orazbayeva

Double-bass on Soundscore Hugo Abraham

Production Manager Michael Picknett

Vocal Coach Randolph Matthews

Research consultant for R&D phase Sita Balani

Producer 2023 & 2024 Lucia Fortune-Ely, Metal and Water

Producer 2022 & 2023 Tour Planning Eve Veglio-Hüner

Performances

Tickets: £22, £18 concessions, £16 balcony
Recommended age: 12+, contains themes of horror and colonial violence.
Duration: 1 hours
Sat 01 Jun 7:30pm