Our internationally acclaimed production, Chalk About was created for young audiences aged 8+ and is a playful, funny and sometimes moving look at how we see ourselves and others, featuring dance, chalk, chat and one perfect scene containing everything you could wish for…

Chalk About explores the nature of identity and asking some BIG questions.  What makes us who we are?  Is it where we are from?  Or how we talk?  Is it the way we dance?  Our pasts, our futures?  And, most importantly, doesn’t everyone like pizza?

PRESS:

'Some of the most brilliantly imaginative, humorous, touching theatre I have seen this year', ★★★★★ TIMES 

'in just 50 minutes, it leads its audience deep into the stuff of human identity, using movement and dialogue to discuss family and origins, nationality and gender, happiness, sadness and the way we express ourselves through the things we like, from pizza to disco music.' ★★★★ SCOTSMAN full article

'Both performers chat to us about themselves, their personal history, their likes and dislikes, with an affable honesty that is utterly engaging – but the real charm of their disclosures is where it takes young audiences in terms of thinking about how we all define ourselves, and how we make judgements about others based on appearances. There is a sophisticated, caringly-detailed process underpinning this generous-hearted show.' ★★★★ HERALD full article

'an imaginative and playful way of discovering ourselves through dance, chalk drawings, chat and audience interaction.' ★★★★ REVIEWS HUB full article

'as with all successful shows created for young audiences, there is enough nuance in the work that there is something thought-provoking for an eight year old, as well as for those many decades older.' ★★★★ SYDNEY MORNING HERALD full article

CHALK ABOUT  (for ages 8+)

Concept and Original Choreography: Christine Devaney and Leandro Kees (Performing Group, DE)

Performers: Christine Devaney, Hendrik Lebon / Niels Weijer
Production Designer: Karen Tennent 
Dramaturgical Advisor: Moos van den Broek 
Sound Composer: Martin Rascher
Lighting Designer/Production Management: Tom Zwitserlood
Touring Production Manager: Yvonne Buskie
Costume Designer: Alison Brown
Photography: Eoin Carey & Tuur Uyttenhove

Chalk About was commissioned by Imaginate, supported through the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. Produced by Catalyst Dance Management and co-produced in association with Tanzhaus NRW [Dusseldorf] and The Work Room [Glasgow]. Supported by Fresh Tracks Europe and Artspace.

Touring availability: available for touring, please contact producer@curious-seed.co.uk
Touring technical requirements PDF: click here

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Tour dates 2016:

New Zealand Festival
1 – 6 Mar | Hannah Playhouse, Wellington
8 Mar | Kuranui College, Greytown
9 Mar | Expressions Theatre, Upper Hutt  
10 Mar | Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua

SWOP Festival, Roskilde Bibliotek, Denmark:
29 Apr | 10:00 book tickets 
1 May | 10:00 / 13:00  book tickets

Macao Cultural Center:
26 Aug | 19:30
27 Aug | 15:00 / 19:30
28 Aug | 15:00


Performance history:

2015:

Australian tour:

27 – 30 May | Come Out Festival, Adelaide, Australia
3 – 7 Jun | Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia
10 – 14 Jun | Sydney Opera House, Australia
17 – 18 Jun | Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, Australia

Pioneers of Performance Scotland tour:

9 Sep | The Beacon, Greenock
12 Sep | Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
16 Sep | Lochgelly Arts Centre, Fife
19 Sep | Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
26 Sep | Macrobert, Stirling
30 Sep | Seall, Skye
3 Oct | Comar, Mull

Krokusfestival Flanders tour:

17 Oct | CC Maasmechelen, Belgium
18 – 19 Oct | Kopigietery, Gent, Belgium
20 Oct | CC Westrand Dilbeek, Belgium
22 Oct | Casino Houthalen-Helchteren, Belgium
23–24 Oct | cultuurcentrum, Hasselt, Belgium

Wales Dance Consortium tour:

27 Oct | Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli
28 Oct | Theatr Harlech
29 Oct | Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwlelli
31 Oct | Taliesin, Swansea
4 Nov | Blackwood Miners
7 Nov | Riverfront, Newport


20 – 24 Nov | Ziguzajg Festival, Teatro Manoel, Valletta, Malta
2 Dec | Showbox Festival, Dansen Hus, Oslo, Norway

2014

20 Feb | Krokusfestival, Hasselt, Belgium
16 May | Rise Dance Festival, Findhorn
20 – 24 May | Unicorn Theatre, London
31 Dec | Cultura Nova, Theatre Heerlen, Netherlands

Edinburgh Festival Fringe:

1 – 24 Aug | Made in Scotland showcase, Summerhall, Edinburgh

MOKO tour:

17 – 18 Oct | Greenwich Dance Agency, London
19 Oct | Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham
22 – 23 Oct| Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln
25 Oct | The Point, Eastleigh
28 Oct | Brighton Dome, Brighton
29 – 30 Oct | Dance City, Newcastle
1 – 2 Nov | Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London
6 – 7 Nov | Key Theatre, Peterborough
8 Nov | Deda, Derby
9 Nov | Embrace Arts, Leicester
10 – 11 Nov | Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth
15 Nov | artsdepot, London
16 – 18 Nov | Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich
20 – 21 Nov | Circomedia | Bristol
22 Nov | Gulbenkian, Canterbury

2013:

8 – 13 May | Imaginate Festival 2013, North Edinburgh Arts Centre
23 – 25 Feb | Szene Bunte Wahne, Tanzquartier Vienna