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Desert Island Dances

Wendy Houstoun

2007 – 2008

Both funny and melancholy, combining text and movement, Desert Island Dances explores notions of absence and presence in a piece inspired by the popular radio programme, Desert Island Discs.

As Wendy remembers conversations and movements from a life left behind, we wonder what gestures we might take with us to a desert island.

“A dancer moves inside a box. A boat sails by. The map is drawn and the territory staked out.
Messages in bottles and survival tactics. All washed up and nowhere to go,
Wendy Houstoun wonders about home and where the heart is.”

Desert Island Dances was co-commissioned by Southbank Centre, Danceworks UK and Co-produced by Sheffield Theatres Trust. Funded by Arts Council England and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Presented by Danceworks UK.