Detective Work is a new duet, choreographed by Seke Chimutengwende in collaboration with Steph McMann, which explores choreography as a process of creating and solving mysteries.
The performance is a web of fragmented scenes and dances that occur and reoccur in ever-changing permutations. Working in counterpoint to one another, the performers come at the material from every angle, rearranging the evidence in different configurations.
Detective Work channels the relationship between mystery and multiplicity – the sense that there are many possible outcomes to any single process. Shifting between the absurd, the melancholic and the uncanny, the show invites us into a place of constant questioning that ultimately feels hopeful. In this moment of great uncertainty, Detective Work looks to mystery as an antidote to despair.
NEUROLIVE is a 5-year interdisciplinary research project bringing artists, scientists and audiences together to study what makes live experiences special. Detective Work is the first live performance created as part of this research.
At the studios
Booked arrival times from 6pm, performance at 7:30pm, approximate end time 9pm
Bursary tickets are self-nominated (i.e. you do not need to supply an ID, like when booking a concession ticket)
Please see additional Booking Details below
The performances of Detective Work are both artistic events and a scientific research process. You are invited to participate in one of two different ways:
Performance Ticket only
- Book this ticket if you would like to attend the performance without wearing measurement devices.
- You will be invited to contribute to the research by completing questionnaires before and after the performance.
- Please arrive by 7pm. The performance and questionnaires will end at approximately 9pm.
Performance Ticket + EEG Participation
Book this ticket if you would like to contribute to NEUROLIVE’s research by wearing measurement devices throughout the performance.
We have capacity to fit just over half of the audience with mobile electroencephalography (EEG) devices for each performance. Recording this number of EEGs at one time during a live performance will be a world first, which your participation will directly contribute to.
What does EEG Participation involve?
- You will contribute to the research by wearing an EEG device which measures brain activity, and a breath band which measures breathing. You will also be invited to complete questionnaires before and after the performance.
- The video below shows you what EEG Participation looks like. Please also download an info sheet here for further information.
- Please book a time slot to arrive at 6pm, 6:30pm or 7pm, to be set up with the devices. The performance will be followed by some additional measurements and removal of the devices, finishing at approximately 9pm.
ACCESS and safety
At the studios
Siobhan Davies Studios is fully accessible to wheelchair users, with lifts to both floors. There are two accessible parking spaces available on site which can be booked in advance. BSL can be provided upon request.
Before attending our studios we ask that you read our COVID-19 page and familiarise yourself with the precautions we’ve put in place to ensure the safety of staff and all our users.
Seke is a choreographer, performer, movement director and teacher. Seke studied dance at Lewisham College 1999 – 2001 and London Contemporary Dance School 2001 – 2004. He has performed for companies such as DV8 Physical Theatre and Lost Dog and has performed solo and group improvisations internationally since 2006. His choreographies include The Time Travel Piece (runner-up Place Prize 2012) and Black Holes, a collaboration with Alexandrina Hemsley (British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase 2019). Seke is currently researching a new group choreography looking at ghosts and haunted houses as metaphors for how histories of slavery and colonialism haunt the present. Since 2018, Seke has worked as a movement director for theatre productions at The Yard Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre and The Gate Theatre. Seke teaches improvisation and choreography at London Contemporary Dance School and The Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.
Steph is a dancer, movement and rehearsal director from London. She works as a performer with makers including Roberta Jean, Theo Clinkard, Lucy Suggate, Oona Doherty, Laura Dannequin, Dan Canham, Janine Harrington, Damien Jalet, Hussein Chalayan, Jamila Johnson-Small amongst others and most recently performed with Jamie xx at All Points East festival, London. Steph’s TV and film work includes His Dark Materials (2019/20) GoT (prequel, 2019) World War Z (2013), assisting Alex Reynolds and Suspiria (2018) with Damien Jalet. She is a past Sadler’s Wells Summer University artist and a movement & rehearsal director for dance, film, theatre and circus, including Liz Aggis and Acrojou. She has worked with Scottish Dance Theatre as Rehearsal Director (maternity cover from Nov 19-Feb 20) and Movement Director (cover) for the film Louis Wain (2020) and upcoming projects during 2021/22. Steph is dancer/co-artistic director of Nora with Eleanor Sikorski & Flora Wellesley Wesley, with their last commissions include work by Deborah Hay and Eleanor Bauer.
This research project has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.