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Not Tony / Island

Gary Stevens

Photo by Andrew Whittuck
2010 – 2012

An unknown person points at an apparent stranger with a growing sense of recognition. The stranger is transfixed and mortified by the gesture, pinned down or held up like someone facing a loaded gun. They are released as some doubt creeps in and the hand is lowered. They make good their escape but the tendency spreads through a group until five people are caught in a gestural equivalent of a Mexican stand off. They try to hold on to one another, frantically pointing from one to another...

Gary Stevens continues to tour these two highly popular works nationally and internationally.

His solo Not Tony is a bit like a comedy, quick-change hat routine, where single items (a hat, a beard, a wig or glasses) represent different members of a family. Gary develops an elaborate game which soon leads to ambiguities and misunderstandings.

Island (2010) sees a group of five performers interspersed with the audience. They stand, point out and name one another in a growing fictional network of relationships. What starts as a simple case of mistaken identity soon leads to the gestural equivalent of a Mexican stand-off.

Date Title Venue City
6 March 2014 Not Tony Yorkshire Dance Leeds
27–28 June 2013 Not Tony Inteatro Villa Nappi Festival Marche
13 May 2013 Not Tony Nomadic Nights Paris
8 May 2013 Not Tony Mercat de les Flors Barcelona
26 January 2013 Not Tony Carte Blanche Kortrijk
27 October 2012 Not Tony Southampton City Art Gallery Southampton
20 October 2011 Island/Not Tony Toynbee Studios
15 June 2011 Island In-Presentable Festival 2011 La Casa Encendida Madrid
Photo by Andrew Whittuck