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Writer : Thibault Delferiere in collaboration with Jack McNamara
Director : Jack McNamara

a mini-documetary filmed on location in Lovain La Neuve, Belguim

Battersea Arts Centre London, at 8pm
Part 1: Thurs 27, Fri 28, Sat 29 February 2020 featuring Guiseppe Lomeo (guitarist)
Part 2: Thurs 5, Fri 6, Sat 7 March 2020 featuring Steve Noble (drummer)
Part 3: Thurs 12, Fri 13, Sat 14 March 2020 featuring Sharon Gal (electronic vocal artist)

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The Spirit marks a second-time collaboration between New Perspectives and one of Europe's most distinctive disabled performance artists, Thibault Delferiere, with a series of three world premiere performances at Battersea Arts Centre, London from Thursday 27 May - Saturday 14 March 2020, as part of the Going Global season.

Over the past 20 years Thibault Delferiere has presented over seventy performances and collaborations worldwide. Following the 2017 premiere of Sisyphus at Nottingham's Surface Gallery, this New Perspectives collaboration went on to win the Mess Award at the Birmingham's Be Festival and as a result has been invited to perform at the Sarajevo International Festival in 2020.

Controlled physicality and masterful command are hallmarks of this new performance series, set to live improvisation for solo instrument, which promises to be the artist's most ambitious piece to date; a trilogy exploring how philosophical ideas of how the human spirit can develop from servitude to freedom.

Target audience age: 14yrs+
Running time: approx 50 mins
Interval length: no interval mins


New Perspectives is an East Midlands' based touring theatre company, specialising in bringing new work to rural and community audiences. Through an annual programme of original adaptations, rare revivals and new writing, we aim to bring live theatre that is diverse, affordable and accessible into the heart of wide-ranging communities, as well as to regional, national and international venues.  
Our productions are testament to the fact that rural theatre is as relevant, challenging and vital as theatre made for any other environment. Our participatory projects, career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts makes tangible difference to people where they live.

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