A story of revolution through dance, this electrifying production explores one of history’s most fascinating mass movements – the dancing plague of 1518.
Living in poverty and under the rule of the patriarchy, the people of Strasbourg revolted one summer against oppression by taking to the streets. No ordinary protest, their uprising was a fever of dance on a scale never seen before – nor again – that lasted for months.
Depicted as collective madness in painting and folklore, this pulsating dance-theatre work interprets events from the inside out, re-visioning them not as illness but catharsis. Featuring the legendary Michael Parmenter and a cast of stunning homegrown dancers, Strasbourg 1518 combines exhilarating original music and choreography into a frenzied tale of anarchy, physicality and the power of art as resistance.
“The stage seethes with raw energy. It is rare to see such exhilarating anarchy represented. The physicality of the performers and the driving soundtrack takes the work and the audience to a fevered teetering crescendo.” — The Dominion Post
Fri 19 & Sat 20 March, 8.00pm
1hr 15mins no interval
Recommended for ages 13+
Contains nudity, loud noises & strobe lighting
ASB Waterfront Theatre