Refuse explores displacement and follows the stories of six refugees.
A play on words, the performance brings home the raw reality of people being refused and treated like refuse, when they leave their homeland in search of a better life.
Inspired by the painting, The Raft of the Medusa (1819) by Théodore Géricault, Refuse explores the relevance of the artwork, in relation to the plight of asylum seekers today.
The choreography is physically powerful, vigorous and intense. The dancers use their bodies, props and the set to explore different feelings, experiences and scenarios.
The set imaginatively transforms the landscape, as the dancers move emotively through each scene, on a harrowing journey where it’s hard to find hope.
Through dance and movement, Refuse challenges you to think again about migration and asylum, and reflect from a different place to the one created by the media. Refuse asks you to reflect on your thoughts from the place of being human.
Direction and choreography: Kevin Edward Turner
Cast: Alice Bonazzi, David Colley, JP Hon and Yue Ying Ho, Kadafi Mulula and Cameron Woolnough.
Set & costume design: Celia Perkins
Music: Brendan Williams
Image: Film still by Ben Williams.
Duration: 45 minutes
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