Two dancers strike a pose, one is going to bite a pear that they are holding. They are lit by a blue light against a purple background.

One Drop

Sonya Lindfors

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Information

Times: 7pm

Tickets:
19 Oct – Pay What You Can (Recommended Price £18)*
20 Oct – £18 standard price / £15 concessions

*all orders will be subject to a transaction fee of £2.

Running Time: 110 mins (no interval)

Age Recommendation: 13+

This event takes place in person in the Grand Hall. 

A transcript of the soundscape and text spoken in One Drop will be available for every performance. You can request a printed version of this at the box office or you can download from a QR code onto your phone. Please note – this means that some audience may use their phones during the performance.

Co-presented by Battersea Arts Centre and Dance Umbrella.

One Drop, a new performance by Sonya Lindfors & working group, is a speculative summoning, a decolonial dream, an autopsy of the Western stage and an operetta.

Defying definition and belonging to multiple categories, the work dives into the poetics and politics of relations, creating a performance that reignites connections lost or forgotten.

The title of the work refers to two separate concepts – the one drop rhythm which is a reggae style drum beat as well as to the one drop rule of the Race Separation Act, created in the United States in the early 1900s, according to which a single drop of “Black blood” made a person “Black” despite their appearance. Through its multiple starting points, the work interrogates the ghosts of the Western stage and its entanglements and relationships to capitalism, coloniality and modernity.

Award winning Cameroonian-Finnish choreographer and artistic director Sonya Lindfors creates important work exploring power, representation and Black body politics. She is the Artistic Director and founding member of UrbanApa, an interdisciplinary and counter hegemonic arts community that offers a platform for new ideas and feminist art practices.

Access

PRE EVENT INFORMATION

This event takes place in person in the Grand Hall. This space is on the ground floor of the building.

If you have booked a ticket you will receive an email from us before your performance detailing important information about your visit.

PERSONAL ASSISTANT/COMPANION TICKETS

If you require the assistance of a friend or helper to attend, we can make a free ticket available for your companion. You can book access companion tickets online or contact the Box Office to book by emailingaccess@bac.org.uk. 

To book a free access companion online:

  • log in to your account here
  • go to ‘Other preferences’ and tick ‘I require a personal assistant/companion’.
  • Choose the performance, date and seats you would like and if you add at least 2 tickets to your basket, then one of these will automatically become free.

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Content

  • There will be loud music and sounds throughout the performance
  • There will be extended sections with strobe, flashing lights and lights in audience eyes
  • There will be several sections with complete darkness and near complete darkness

A transcript of the soundscape and text spoken in One Drop will be available for every performance. You can request a printed version of this at the box office or you can download from a QR code onto your phone. Please note – this means that some audience may use their phones during the performance.

All performances will be Relaxed. We invite you to make yourself comfortable and move around if you need to and if you need to leave the performance at any point you will be allowed to return to the space when you feel ready.

PRE-SHOW INFORMATION

VISIT OUR ACCESS PAGE

POST-SHOW Q&A’s

19 Oct with choreographer Sonya Lindfors & facilitated by Dawn Estefan for Black and Global Majority audiences | Members Bar | 9pm – 9.45pm

20 Oct with Dance Umbrella Artistic Director and CEO Freddie Opoku-Addaie | Grand Hall | 9pm – 9.20pm

We will be hosting a Q&A session after each performance of One Drop on the 19 & 20 October. The Q&A session on the 19 October will be held specifically for Black and Global Majority audiences.

For further information on how we define Black and Global Majority audiences and any additional queries, please refer to the below FAQ document:

EVENT FAQS

Dance Umbrella Discursive Dinner

Discursive Dinner with Sonya Lindfors & SERAFINE1369 on 17 October, 8pm

A dinner conversation between artists and curators Sonya Lindfors (Cameroon / Finland) and SERAFINE1369 (UK). Over dinner, Sonya and SERAFINE1369 will talk about their curatorial approach and how they see their artistic practice intertwined with the curatorial.

This event is hosted by Dance Umbrella.

Find out more and book here

Credits

Directing, choreography and concept: Sonya Lindfors
Working group: Antonia Atarah, Geoffrey Erista, Nori Kin, Isabella Shaw, Mariama Slåttøy, Alma Bø Gettachew, Erno Aaltonen, Jussi Matikainen, Sanna Levo, Angel Emmanuel, Aino Koski, Janina Salmela, Divine Tasinda, Sonya Lindfors
Contributors to the process: Ornilia Ubisse, Judith Arupa, Alen Nsambu, Johanna Karlberg, Jaakko Pallasvuo
Production: UTT ry and Sonya Lindfors
Co-production: Zodiak – center for new dance, Goethe-Institut (International Coproduction Fund), Big Pulse Dance Alliance (a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union), Dance Umbrella, Julidans, Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, Apap – FEMINIST FUTURES (a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union)
Residencies: Tanzfabrik berlin, KWP Kunstenwerkplaats, Buda Kortrijk, Beursschouwburg
Supported by: Koneen Säätiö, Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, Alfred Kordelinin säätiö, Nordic Culture Point
Pictures: Tuukka Ervasti

Big Pulse Dance Alliance co-production. Co-produced by Dance Umbrella. Presented in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre. Supported by the Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland.

Big Pulse Dance Alliance is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

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