Plastic Soul tells the story of the rise and fall of a mythical performer, whose image and identity are constantly morphing.
A cross between a music gig, a dance performance and a documentary, Chimutengwende steps up to the mic in a series of increasingly demanding and outlandish roles.
As the transformations escalate, what we thought was underneath it all - the human soul - becomes ever more part of the act.
An odyssey of reinvention, Plastic Soul is an experiment in storytelling and metamorphosis that takes us to the limits of what we can become.
Written, choreographed & performed by Seke Chimutengwende
Music by Jamie McCarthy
Video by Eleanor Sikorski
Costumes by Annie Pender
Lighting Design by Marty Langthorne
Dramaturgy by Season Butler & Charlie Ashwell
Rehearsal direction by Helena Webb
Movement research with Stephanie McMann
Vocal coaching by Melanie Pappenheim
Performers in video: Season Butler, Charlotte Cooper, Justin Hunt, Harold Offeh, Efrosini Protopapa & George Shire
Producer: Charlie Ashwell
29th January - 2nd February 2019 at The Yard Theatre, NOW '19 Festival
15th Februrary at York Theatre Royal
Commissioned by The Yard Theatre, with support from Arts Council England, York Dance Space, Roehampton University, The Place, TripSpace, Siobhan Davies Dance and Royal College of Art.
Photo: Hugo Glendinning