Impermanence Dance Theatre

Inspirational live dance comes to Barbican Theatre, Plymouth – in May, Plymouth’s vibrant Barbican Theatre brings powerful and unique performances from two south West dance companies.

Impermanence dance Theatre are a company who tour like a band; popping up at festivals, theatres, pubs, outdoors, on film and everywhere in between.

Each time impermanence dance Theatre perform, the piece is unique; never before shown and never to be seen again, creating an ecstatic live event full of beauty, poetry, physical mastery and humour. The company is developing a unique strain of dance theatre, where movement draws on a combination of technique and theatricality, mixed with visceral live music. impermanence are delighted bring their 2014 piece to the Barbican Theatre. Through a combination of cabaret like vignettes and intricately crafted scenes, this performance will act as a prism, refracting humans and human experiences to create a poetic story that talks of love, hate, jealousy, fear and everything else the human condition has to throw up. Karla Shacklock company is based in Bristol and run by award-winning artistic director and choreographer Karla Shacklock. Karla has toured her own work throughout europe and performed internationally with various dance, circus and physical theatre companies.


The Buttercup and The Crutch is a highly electric double bill Raw, charged and universally resonant, The Buttercup is a simple yet powerful story about hope, expressed through the body and a series of everyday, continuously transforming, objects. using live music and set against a constantly shifting visual landscape, Karla gives a physical and evocative performance and bravely bares her soul as she breathes life into The Buttercup.

The crutch depicts a highly intense relationship between two bodies, two beings. Through extremely physical contact work, a vocabulary, which swings from violence to tear jerking tenderness, a
pounding live score and a huge pile of crutches, the duet explores what it means and how it feels to be
there for someone at a time of crisis. The performers decide the structure of the work live in the moment of performance, meaning that each performance is completely unique.

Barbican Theatre is delighted to bring these to innovative companies to Plymouth. impermanence dance Theatre will be performing their 2014 piece on Friday May 9 at 7.30pm and Karla shacklock company will be performing The Buttercup & The crutch on saturday May 17 at 7.30pm. Tickets for each performance cost just £9 for students, over 60s and under 16s or £12 full price. come along as a group, and when you buy 10 tickets the Barbican Theatre will give you the 1th for free! To book tickets for these or any other of Barbican Theatre’s performances, go to or call the box office on 01752 267131.



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