Preview: Miet Warlop’s One Song at Battersea Arts Centre
Battersea Arts Centre and Transform present the London premiere of award-winning Belgian artist Miet Warlop’s One Song – a mesmerising ritual about farewell, life and death, hope and resurrection.
Through the metaphor of a live competition/concert, including a commentator and a cheerleader, Miet Warlop invites us to form a community and lift each other up, as in a celebration.
A group of performers enters the arena for a mesmerizing ritual about farewell, life and death, hope and resurrection. Together they go through extremes: through sung text, images and objects, oxygen and sweat, they evoke our condition humaine. Again and again, someone stands up to push their boundaries. They defy time and give expression to a deep human need: the moment when we can transcend our thinking body.
The metaphor of life’s ebb and flow, building and dying back, is made flesh in Warlop’s exhilarating and raucous meditation on grief, and life. Many laughs, much joy.
A dazzling feat of physicality.
More than ever, we – the collective we – need something to bring us together and offer some hope for the future. For three nights in October, Miet Warlop’s One Song offers an opportunity to experience something that might just nudge us in the right direction. Head along to the Battersea Arts Centre for something a bit different.
Don’t miss One Song at Battersea Arts Centre – 24-26 October 2023.
This post is sponsored by Battersea Arts Centre.
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