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It begins in darkness is a dance full of ghosts.

In this stark, stripped back performance, five dancers move through mysterious and experimental rites of passage, channelling past, present and future tensions through their bodies and voices. As if to exorcise the haunted house of history, the dancers whisper, jump, wrestle, shiver, wail and laugh, filling the space with horrors, both real and imagined.

It begins in darkness is an environment for processing the fear, anger and confusion which arise from the histories of slavery and colonialism that haunt the present.


Suitable for ages 12 and over.

Contains themes of slavery and colonialism.  It is planned to have printed versions of the text made available.

This event is priced as“Pay What You Can” with a guided suggestion of £8.
Online booking for this event closes Thursday 20 October, 7pm.


Landscape header image by Jack Barraclough and Karin Xiao.


Dancers: Rhys Dennis, Adrienne Ming, Mayowa Ogunnaike, Rose Sall Sao and Natifah White
Choreography and text: Seke Chimutengwende with the dancers
Creative input from Alethia Antonia
Dramaturgy: Charlie Ashwell
Lighting design: Marty Langthorne
Costume design: Annie Pender
Composer: Aisha Orazbayeva
Sound technician: Michael Picknett
Producer: Eve Veglio-Hüner

Supported and funded by Arts Council England, The Place, FABRIC, The Bluecoat, The Mount Without and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.

It Begins in Darkness by Seke Chimutengwende
presented at iC4C

iC4C, Space 2
Nottingham, NG3 2AR

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