Home for Waifs and Strays is bringing the talented and progressive performance group ‘Almost Human’ to our unit at Minerva Works on the 14th March 2015. This truly is a show not to be missed!
Hell. In 1914 it was a futuristic cityscape. In 1922 it existed only in the mind. In 1933 it was Europe. In 1944 it was other people. In 1999 it was repeat after repeat of ‘Friends’. In 2002 it was coming to earth soon. Twelve years on, it’s a camera spinning into infinity – a nauseating movie, a never-ending penance of bizarre puppetry and second-hand technology.
Almost Human presents a live film of Dante’s ‘Inferno’. Using out of date technology and old toys, ‘Dante Undone’ is a celebration of the lo-fi, analogue and hand-made, taking its audience on a cinematic roller coaster through the depths of hell. Almost Human recreate the mythological characters and disturbing scenes as described by Dante during his time in exile. Staged by four performers in morph suits in front of a mobile green screen, using a vast array of tortured and tactically deformed toys, creating one continuous shot set against a scrolling hand drawn backdrop composed during the show. Captured by a continuously turning camera and projected as a live feed, the intense choreography between performers and their filming machine provides the audience a unique experience of witnessing the film in progress. As the images materialise on screen, a recorded voice muses over a contemporary equivalent to the classical vision of Hell, with a speech delivered as part lecture, part confession, and part contractual obligation. It is the translation of narrative and landscape from literature to film to theatre, a collision between performer, puppet and cinema screen.’
Saturday 14 March, 8pm at Unit 9, Minerva Works
Tickets are available online for £6+ booking fee
Or on the door at £8/£6 Concessions