«Into The Dark», a new ensemble work conceived and directed by Jess Curtis in collaboration with a diverse ensemble of blind, visually impaired and sighted artists and consultants, will explore the cultural and phenomenological experiences of darkness and light, looking at the physical, subconscious and literal effects of the binary mobilization of darkness and light through Western thought in social and individual meaning-making.
The team will continue its innovative exploration of the aesthetics of access practices from blind culture such as audio description, wayfinding, tactile floor markings and immersive seating arrangements to literally destabilize social modes of perception that unfairly and irrationally stratify light and darkness to devalue, disempower and disenfranchise individuals and communities.
Visions of Blindness: Out of the Dark
An exhibition of ‘Light Painting’ Photographs by Gerald Pirner
On the walls of Studio 13, Jess Curtis/Gravity and Tanzfabrik present an exhibition by the Blind photographer (and performer) Gerald Pirner to coincide with the new Gravity performance «Into The Dark».
«Visions of Blindness: Out of the Dark» was created in collaboration with the performers of «Into The Dark». In the tradition of light painting (a photographic technique originally developed by Man Ray and Pablo Picasso), Pirner creates lush, haunting photographic images. In a darkened studio, he senses and illuminates his subjects through touch and a handheld light source, leaving traces of his physical interaction with each dancer on the plane of the photographic image. In this time-based process, his touch traces and embodies the lines and shapes of each dancer. The photographs that record and document the process of a physical interaction become an image in the body memory of the photographer himself.
The exhibition opens daily one hour before the performance begins. An extra ticket is not required.
Accessibility & Content Warnings
Audio Description will be available for every show
Haptic Access Tours will take place one hour before every show: 26.–28.10. 19:30 / 29.10. 17:00. Duration: approx. 20-30 minutes. Language: German.
Audio Description + Haptic Access Tour by Swantje Henke of Gravity Access Services
The performance lasts approx. 75 minutes and takes place in Studio 14 in German and English. Pre-boarding (early seating) will be offered for people with mobility impairments. There will be no late seating once the show has begun
A limited number of beanbags are available during pre-boarding for visitors with physical disabilities. These can be reserved at firstname.lastname@example.org
A significant period of the piece takes place in total darkness. House staff will be available to escort anyone out of the theater if they should need to leave for any reason. All audience members are given ‘glow sticks’ which they can activate to signal their desire to leave.
Deaf Access - Our Deaf advisors and friends have let us know that the amount of darkness central to this performance is not comfortable for most Deaf people.
Studio 14 is almost at ground level. There is no raised area or similar in the studio itself. All seating for «Into The Dark» is on one level, there is no limit to the number of spaces for wheelchair users who arrive on time for pre-boarding.
The accessible toilet is located in the opposite stall in front of Studio 3. It is necessary to travel about 6 metres outside to reach it.
Content Warnings: (Spoiler Alert!)
There is a chance of gentle physical contact during periods of darkness with performers for audience members who choose to sit in certain areas of the performance space.
During some of the periods of darkness in the piece there are some sounds (crying, laughing, animal sounds) produced by the dancers that could be alarming or upsetting to some individuals.