Marc Brew Company fuses fierce physicality and tender expression to explore an emotional narrative in dance. Grounded in contemporary technique and classical ballet and drawing on the unique physicality of each performer, Marc Brew’s work with disabled and non-disabled artists is honest, unsentimental and recognizably human.
Following the success of Nocturne, his first outdoor work, Marc is to create a new work for outdoor locations in Summer 2014 (i)land. The work is part of the Glasgow 2014 programme* and is supported by Without Walls.
Set on a six ton pile of sand, which provides dance space in which Marc can perform away from his wheelchair, (i)land explores an interesting, imaginary dilemma. Faced with life on a desert island, three characters uncover a means of escape back to civilisation. As the narrative unfolds, the characters find pieces of a vehicle buried in the sand that will take them off the island. They work together to build the craft, only to find that it will carry just one of them.
Drawing inspiration from stories such as Lord of the Flies, Lost and Castaway, (i)land engages audiences in questions about isolation and exclusion, ingenuity and invention, the politics of disability and perceptions of the body in dance.
“The evening’s honours belonged to Marc Brew Company. Brew’s precise duet exuded a rough sensuality. Its stirring, succulent ambiguities arose out of the clarity and strength of the performers”.
Donald Hutera, The Guardian
“Marc Brew’s juxtaposition of classical and contemporary movement styles is vital and compelling” Mary Brennan, Herald Scotland
The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a national celebration. Culture 2014 will showcase dance, theatre, music, visual arts, comedy and much more in the run up to and after the Commonwealth Games, with Festival 2014 transforming the Host City at Games time. The Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland. www.glasgow2014.com/culture.