miles & miles
Karen Christopher & Sophie Grodin
performance in Plymouth at The House at Plymouth University, 26 April 2017
sound design by Boris Hauf
lighting design by Martin Langthorne
dramaturgy by Litó Walkey
miles & miles is a performance positioned at the edge of a landscape. It asks the questions: How do we continue once we’ve lost our position? How do we accommodate ourselves on shaky ground and prepare for the uncertainty still to come? How do we become intimate with the inevitable fall?
Looking to a world of arctic blankness, flying leaps, and shear cliff face climbs (assisted by the able minds and faces of Ingrid Bergman and Alfred Hitchcock, and including the dance moves of a scientist) the performers stumble through the artifice that distracts them from the fears of what is still to come.
Christopher and Grodin, tied to opposite ends of a 100-metre rope, hop, skip, cajole, and reminisce about other people’s lives. The more they know, the greater our sense of uncertainty. They are suspended above the ground. They are heading for the horizon. We know they will never get there. Still, they need a destination.
From Diana Damian’s review for Exeunt of our work-in-progress at The Yard Theatre (April 2015):
. . . miles & miles is falling; it is groundlessness. It is also friendship, and working something from the unknown, and gently excavating the collective and individual memories that make up a theatrical encounter. It is to me, about what we might bring to this gathering, and what we might leave with; about being together in that exchange.
Christopher and Grodin always invite us to wander, then bring us back, and we enjoy watching them find their way back to us. In ropes, a ladder, water and a pulley, we jump from mountains together, feel the cold air brushing against our cheeks, pinches of water on our hands.
miles & miles is the second duet performance by Karen Christopher and Sophie Grodin. The first was Control Signal (2013).
Sophie Grodin is a Danish performance maker working in London and Copenhagen. Through performance, she wants to bring new importance to spaces, create collective memory, and discover the outer and inner patterns we don’t normally see. She finds great pleasure in the ever-surprising nature of working collaboratively. Sophie graduated in Performance Arts at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is the co-creator of ROOM, and has worked with Karen Christopher’s Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects since 2011.
miles & miles forms part of The Difference Between Home and Poem: a duet series. Each project in the series is jointly made, directed and performed by Karen Christopher and another artist.