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All ages, all backgrounds: 40 people tell their stories in Norwich dance show

PUBLISHED: 17:08 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:08 09 February 2018

20 Questions by UNIT will be performed at The Garage in Norwich. Photo: Danilo Moroni

20 Questions by UNIT will be performed at The Garage in Norwich. Photo: Danilo Moroni

photo© Danilo Moroni

20 Questions, a unique show that mixes dance and film and a cast, sees people asked to answer the biggest questions in their lives through movement, many of whom had never danced before.

A show fusing of dance, candid interviews and film and featuring a 40 strong intergenerational cast of local people is to be staged at The Garage in Norwich.

Every performer has worked with the company; finding the answers to their big questions through movement in 20 Questions. Some have danced all their lives, others have never danced before.

It is the first full-length performance Dance East associate artists UNIT, which began following a series of highly successful collaborations between choreographer Tom Hobden and film director Kate Flurrie.

20 Questions by UNIT will be performed at The Garage in Norwich. Photo: Danilo Moroni20 Questions by UNIT will be performed at The Garage in Norwich. Photo: Danilo Moroni

The multi­disciplinary company brings innovative contemporary dance to the stage and screen and has been marked by its unique blend of extraordinary performers, weaving narratives and seamlessly integrated visuals.

For 20 Questions each performer in the show has been on a journey with the company; learning who they are, who they were and who they might like to be; finding the answers to these big questions.

The interviews are filmed and the answers translated into movement and all these elements will be fused together into an intricate and deeply personal performance.

20 Questions by UNIT will be performed at The Garage in Norwich. Photo: UNIT20 Questions by UNIT will be performed at The Garage in Norwich. Photo: UNIT

The result, which is being staged in Norwich on February 13, is a snapshot of life and a gloriously uplifting look at humanity.

The performance of 20 Questions will feature performers from The Garage’s company Mosaic, a group of local over-50s who create performance pieces in contemporary dance, and GCSE Dance and HNC students.

Tom Hobden said: “We really felt like we wanted to try something on a smaller scale and rather than show lots of people being amazing, we wanted to show lots of individuals being amazing.

20 Questions by UNIT will be performed at The Garage in Norwich. Photo: UNIT20 Questions by UNIT will be performed at The Garage in Norwich. Photo: UNIT

“It is amazing to see what people will do when asked to represent themselves through movement. That is what 20 Questions is about: people.

“A lot of the audience members have said that they had really seen anything like it before. You can’t really pigeonhole it. It is really accessible through the use of film and you can really identify with what is being said.

“It was a really touching a deep experience which I don’t think anyone quite expected. I think it had much more weight and was much more substantial.”

20 Questions by UNIT will be performed at The Garage in Norwich. Photo: UNIT20 Questions by UNIT will be performed at The Garage in Norwich. Photo: UNIT

It is not the first time UNIT has involved amateurs and ordinary members of the public in performances. They worked with Dance East in 2015 on the large scale community dance performance project The Village.

Inspired by the hundreds of little villages across England, the cast included up to 200 performers from local schools, performance groups and members of the community – many of whom had never danced before.

• 20 Questions is being performed at The Garage, Chapel Field North, Norwich, on February 13, 7.30pm, £10 (£8.50 cons), 01603 598646, thegarage.org.uk

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