FLOATING MYTHS

The Sacrifice

 

The Cave

 

The Other

 

Here’s some of the artists talking about their experience of creating a new project remotely

 

 

 

 

Floating Myths is a new online project that goes live from Thursday 8th October until 19th November 2020. It comprises three short films made under lockdown that explore myths from around the globe through a contemporary lens. Artistic Director Shane Shambhu has unpicked the essence of these ancient myths and, through movement and captivating storytelling, demonstrates their relevance to a modern day audience. 

Created with the support of Arts Council England, Floating Myths continues Altered Skin’s pioneering approach to the exploration of language and identity, floating between and beyond cultural boundaries and expectations.

“When lockdown hit, I found myself stuck in Austria. All theatres closed and movement restricted, so all our touring and project plans were stopped in their tracks, including a tour of India with the British Council. So, I decided to use this unexpected hiatus as an opportunity to do something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and explore the medium of film. This seemed like the perfect time to experiment how Indian dance inspired theatre would translate to a new medium, discover how to collaborate remotely and create dance and physical work for an online audience. I’m excited to see the response to our first foray into the digital space”

The performers play modern day characters in everyday situations that echo the messages of the original myths. The films also touch on experiences and themes that we have all had to face during this unprecedented year including friendship, isolation and the need to speak truth to power in the post-COVID world.

Each film will be available for just four weeks:

The Other – 8th October to 5th November

Written by Shane Shambhu with Raheem Mir
Directed by Shane Shambhu
Devised with and performed by Tara McGirr and Raheem Mir

 

The Cave – 15th October to 12th November

Written and directed by Shane Shambhu
Devised with and performed by Shivaangee Agrawal and Keiren Hamilton-Amos 

 

The Sacrifice – 22nd October to 19th November

Written by Shane Shambhu with Mei Mac
Directed by Shane Shambhu
Devised with and performed by Mei Mac
Additional roles by Keiren Hamilton-Amos and Isabella Leung

 

Floating Myths team

Written and directed by Shane Shambhu
Music and sound design by Gerry Smith
Filming and editing by Martin Dewar
Producer – Sarah-Jane Watkinson
Press and promotion by Daljinder Johal

 

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images credits Martin Dewar