Lydia Cottrell is a dancer, performer, apocaloptimist NASA lover and is prepping for the end of the world.
Ben Mills is a live artist, bread maker, mover, rugby player, pun lover and lacks time management skills.
They are going to create a work together.
ATOMIC is a physical exploration into small actions that have huge consequences.
The work also draws inspiration from the cold war, Russian sleep experiments, the Manhattan Project and CIA MKUltra mind control experimentation.
There might be explosions.
Winner of the Hull Dance Prize
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Atlantis is a one woman space race. It takes the audience on a journey through Disneyland and into outer space and asks them to look back and reconsider the planet we inhabit. What did we learn from the race into space? What did we gain in getting there? And can we train for failure?
Funny, thoughtful and highly kinetic, Atlantis uses popcorn, projection, a paddling pool and the songs of the STS-135 shuttle mission to explore the answers to all these questions. Along the way, the show asks us to consider the idea that we all inhabit a spaceship – spaceship Earth - and draws parallels between our planet and the shuttle’s namesake, the mythical island that sank beneath the waves.
Performer / Divisor - Lydia Cottrell
Wordsmith - Matthew Bellwood
Dramaturgy - Peader Kirk, Peggy Olislaegers
Mentors - Luke Dixon, Jane Turner
Producer - Jen Sullivan
Live Art Bistro
North East Artist Development
Atlantis is supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
This performance of Bolero is a re-imagining of the 1960 ballet for Ravel’s Bolero where a dancer performs on a tabletop in a Spanish taverna - subverting the original choreography towards contemporary culture, female binge drinking and Geordie Shore role models.
Live at Leeds, Leeds
Derelict Live, Preston
Conway Cohort, London
Drunken Nights, London, Croydon
Commissioned by Drunken Chorus for DRUNKEN NIGHTS II