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DeadClub™️

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Created by
Frauke Requardt and David Rosenberg
Dates
9 Nov - 30 Sep 2017
Artist/Company
Frauke Requardt and David Rosenberg

DeadClub™ was commissioned by The Place, and co-produced by The Place and Fuel, supported using public funding by the Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust. Composer, Dave Price was supported by the PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Music Creators. David Price gratefully also received support from PRS for Music Foundation. Frauke Requardt were Work Place artists.

‘The wheel goes round and round, some are up and some are on the down, and still the wheel goes round.’
– Josephine Pollard

DeadClub™ is open to those who are not dead yet. The recently dead need not apply. Standing room only.

Between two heartbeats, the light creeps closer and closer to your number. It won’t be everyone, but it might be you. Now there is only the present moment. Everything unfolds second by second and it’s loud and hot and the body works as if by magic. Now the real trouble begins.

DeadClub™ was a performance co-directed by Frauke Requardt and David Rosenberg, creators of Electric Hotel, Motor Show and The Roof. In a shift from their previous spectacular outdoor collaborations, Requardt & Rosenberg created an up-close experience for a limited audience.

Informed by research into memory distortion following traumatic events, they did away with the seats in each venue, and placed the audience right into the middle of the whole mess.

"⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Superbly surreal dance theatre"

The Stage

"⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - The performers morph from party kids to Victorians to hipsters in Requardt & Rosenberg’s subversive, surreal spectacle of death and the afterlife. "

The Guardian

"⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Mindblowingly weird"

Time Out

"accomplished Theatre of the Absurd, it is truthful and tender, it is beautiful and brutal"

The Play Is The Thing

"Their work regularly out-Lynches David Lynch; a cutesy, cock-eyed aesthetic with images that gnaw at your like horror."

What’s On Stage

"⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - David Rosenberg and Frauke Requardt’s latest surreal exploration of our fears and desires entertains as much as it unsettles."

Observer

"Like all the best nightmares, DeadClub is constructed on shifting foundations."

The Guardian

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