by Laura Dannequin
DATE: TUE 26 APRIL
LOCATION: Gloucester Guildhall
This is a fundraising event for Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity
A tender solo that looks at chronic pain and human resilience. Hardy Animal is a goodbye letter to a former self and an ode to dance.
Concerned with the human body and its failings, it tells of a dancer’s journey into immobility. Interweaving text and movement, it retraces a brutal journey of loss, and hope, and looks at our need to create meaning in a baffling world.
“An invisible dance, a broken dance, a dance that walks a tightrope strung up across two huge mountains, a dance without a safety net. A dance that isn’t a dance, a generous dance, a fucking fuck you of a dance. A dance that looks you in the eye and says ‘you can’t fix this’.
James Stenhouse of Action Hero
Written, Created and Performed by Laura Dannequin
Creative Advisor: Dan Canham
“…it is entirely excellent. It’s defiant and angry and sad and funny and beautiful, … and brave and just so very very good indeed.”
Daniel Kitson, Comedian
“Laura manages something quite extraordinary – I found it heart-breaking but not at all sentimental; the movement captivating in its simplicity and significance.”
Christina Elliott, The Place
“Personal, difficult, skilled and clever – and whilst coming from a place of personal, lived experience manages to speak universally – as a kind of ode to the vulnerability of humans and strength in the face of challenge.“
Kate Yedigaroff, Co-Director of MayFest
About the Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity:
The Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity raises funds to make a real difference for their patients, their families and the staff who treat them and work at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals as well as the Stroud Maternity Unit.
Your support for the Charity enables them to invest in projects that make the hospitals better for you. Their aim is to create a comfortable and positive environment for all of otheir patients and staff, investing in improvements to their buildings, in state of the art equipment and extra care over and above that provided by the NHS.
*About our ticket prices:
Strike A Light is an accessible festival so all of our tickets are heavily subsidised at £5. However, if you want to support Strike A Light and can afford to buy a ticket at £10 your generosity will ensure that Strike A Light can continue to develop and grow great work in Gloucester.