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Taking Flight

Inspired by Movema artists’ experiences of migration & informed by refugee and asylum seeker communities with whom we work, ‘Taking Flight’ explores birds’ and humans’ desire for freedom & flight & the role of modern aeronautics to enable this.

An exciting, thought-provoking & spectacular outdoor performance work using the concept of 4 symbolic birds to represent futuristic cyborgs, whose bodies are part aircraft, part bird, part human.

Phoenix

Based on the ‘Fenghuang’ a mythical creature from China and stealth bomber aircraft.

Liver Bird

Based on the mythical Liverbird which looks out over Liverpool and across the seas to Ireland and beyond and fighter jet airplanes.

Peacock

Inspired by the Peacock, the national symbol of India and early aviation and propeller-based aircraft.

Sankofa Bird

Based on the Sankofa bird of traditional Ghanaian Adrinka symbols and vintage passenger aircraft.

Costumes have been created by Liverpool Lantern Company inspired by these birds and by humans’ desire for freedom & flight & the role of modern aeronautics to enable this.

A journey, adventure or search; connecting people and places, with the power to change everything.

Tour dates coming soon…

We have been summoned. A life of endless opportunity is promised, a life where you can grow. Or be cultivated into a person you no-longer recognise.

Taking Flight – words captured by Ithalia Forel

Commissioned by Dance Consortia Northwest, Spare Parts and Now Northwich festivals and funded by Arts Council England.