Hit The Ground Running have recently received a commission from Dance city and the first performance will premiere at dance city in May 2020.
Suitcases is to be the second part of the ground breaking Hit The Ground Running’s Trilogy. Brought to life through unforgettable visual storytelling, expect to feel moved by this tragic true story of lives lived and forgotten until now…
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After the success of the 2018 Macho tour, we are working towards future national and international performances. Touring dates to be confirmed.
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In a society where ‘Man should be brave’ and outward strength dominates the success of their masculinity, why do we fail to address men’s mental health and the stigma surrounding mens vulnerabilities and emotional wellbeing?
Macho is the first part of our trilogy of works that focusses on the issues and stigmas surrounding mental health, specifically in the North East, which has the highest rate of male suicide cases due to mental illness. Staged with all male casts, Macho is sculpted around real men’s stories.
Expect a physical theatre journey into 21st century masculinity and the stigma surrounding men's vulnerabilities and emotional wellbeing.
THE HISTORY BEHIND THE SUITCASES
NOUN 1. A MAN WHO IS AGGRESSIVELY PROUD OF HIS MASCULINITY.
Currently in development, Hit The Ground Running Dance Theatre Company presents Suitcases. Working in collaboration with Jon Crispin, a Massachusetts based photographer, this performance is inspired by his upcoming exhibition, ‘The Willard Suitcases’. Jon has worked on his exhibition for more than five years and his knowledge of the Willard Institute and the Suitcases will be invaluable to this performance.
In 1995, The Willard Asylum, New York, closed its doors after a century of treating those deemed unfit for civilised society. Discovered in an attic, the suitcases of 427 Willard patients were found. Beautifully preserved epitaphs to a few of those who lived and died at the Willard asylum and a poignant remembrance of the lives they left outside. Drawing inspiration from four of the suitcases found, Hit The Ground Running’s new theatrical performance is a moving exploration of the people behind the suitcases and plays homage to innocent lives lived and lost to madness.
Hit The Ground Running Dance Theatre Company | Dance City | Temple Street | Newcastle upon Tyne | NE1 4BR ©
TOUR DATES TO BE CONFIRMED