Experience, Interact, Play,
Hear and Feel the work from a different and unique perspective
SURGE gives life to a character on the bridge between the digital and organic worlds.
Four stellar artists collaborate to create a brand new staged concept album.
An immersive, audio-visual, genre-breaking performance, touring exclusive new music from British music producer ITAL TEK.
A duet between dancer and animated light in a gripping kinesthetic relationship. A character pushed to their limits to ‘feel’ – to ‘sense’ – to ‘exist’.
Featuring live vocals from the performer Jemima Brown and digital design by Vent Media.
See SURGE as an adapted short film on the BBC as part of Dance Passion: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0bl84zd
SURGE CREATIVE TEAM:
Direction: Tom Dale
Choreography: Tom Dale in collaboration with Jemima Brown
Concept Developed by: Tom Dale, Jemima Brown and Barret Hodgson
Digital Design: Barret Hodgson
Dance & Live Vocals: Jemima Brown
Specially Commissioned Music: Ital Tek
Costume: Geraldine Wharrey, Cristiano Casimiro and Kate Morgan
Photo Credit: Alice Underwood
Production Manager: Chris Flux
“Humanity is pushing at the boundaries of evolution; the digital world is on a quest to re-create life and does this by making ever more real copies of our world which means we’re increasingly sharing the planet with a new life force: technology. In ‘Surge’ we give life to a character that exists on the bridge between our organic and digital worlds. A character pushed to their limits to ‘feel’ – ‘to sense’ – to ‘exist.
Audiences are completely immersed inside the digital environment and we have created what is actually more than a solo – it’s a duet between dancer and the digital landscape created by Barret Hodgson of VENT MEDIA”
“It’s like a Human Firework Show” Audience Member, aged 8
Autumn 2023 Tour Venues
Friday 13th October 2023
Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth
Tuesday 14th November 2023
Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter
Friday 17th November 2023
Dance East, Ipswich
SURGE ON TOUR
Friday 29th & Saturday 30th September 2023
Young Dance Festival, Switzerland
Friday 27th October 2023
Frequency Festival at Lincoln Arts Centre, Lincoln, UK
Tuesday 31st October 2023
Rond Hond Festival, Belgium
Saturday 25th November 2023
Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester – PRISM: Winter Festival of Music and Light
Spring 2023 Tour Venues
SUB: VERSION premiered in Spring 2023 and toured venues in the UK as follows:
Friday 17 March & Saturday 18 March 2023 – PREMIERE
Lakeside Arts Centre Nottingham
Tuesday 21st March 2023 – PRESS NIGHT
The Place, London
Friday 24 March 2023
South Holland Arts Centre, Spalding
Tuesday 28th March 2023
Riverhead Theatre, Louth
Tuesday 18 April 2023
Hull Truck Theatre, Hull
Thursday 27 April 2023
Tuesday 2 May 2023
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Jemima Brown – Soloist
National Dance Award-nominee Jemima Brown has performed with Tom Dale Company in ‘I Infinite’ and ‘Step Sonic’ and in ‘Epilogues’ and ‘We Are As Gods’ for James Cousins.
She says: “I’ve always wanted to incorporate my love of music and dance into my work. Having the opportunity to sing in this show is amazing new territory for me. While it presents a tricky balance between getting the vocals and breath to work in harmony with the movement, Tom and I focused on getting it right throughout rehearsals. We both admire Ital Tek’s work and I really enjoyed collaborating with him to find the right blend of vocals with his electronic sound.”
Barret Hodgson – Digital Design
Barret Hodgson of Vent Media is a Nottingham based innovative, award winning design artist specialising in digital visual media for live performance, art installations and art galleries and museums. Barret is one of TDC’s Associate Artists and works closely with Tom on much of TDC’s work. Previous work for Tom Dale Company includes ‘I Infinite’, ‘Digitopia’ and ‘Refugees of the Septic Heart’. Recent work includes creating huge projection mapping for Nottingham Castle, IBM 100 Club in Lisbon, Portugal, the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum in Spain, and Birmingham MAC among others.
ITAL TEK –COMPOSER
British electronic artist Ital Tek releases music on the label, Planet Mu. His trademark hypnotic sound is punctuated with themes of dubstep, ambient, and more. His composition for the five-track concept album ‘SURGE’ was developed in close collaboration with Jemima Brown and Tom Dale.
SURGE can be performed both in the round, and in a traditional theatre set up. When in the round, the audiences can get really close to the dancer as they can stand or sit around a centralized dance mat. SURGE has been performed in LIGHT NIGHT festivals, and theatres in the UK and across the world, including children’s festivals in Europe and in Sharjah, UAE.
Arena–style blades of light slice and dice the space, tessellating into patterns then shattering into
rubble, creating a digital universe for this magical creature to inhabit. Brown, her body recoiling and
rewinding with alien grace, is never less than mesmerising.
FINANCIAL TIMES ****
“The feel is unearthly, Brown’s voice pouring over a dark electronic score by
producer Ital Tek. She is part robot, part house diva… it marries dance and
technology to dazzling effect”
“A mesmerising union of sound and movement: ….all sorts of references spring to mind: Blade
Runner, 90s club culture, cyberpunk, and yet it captures a conversation that is completely
now, in a tightly put–together piece that feels like a genuinely original four–way collaboration
between performer, choreographer, music and design.”
THE GUARDIAN: ****