Arch

Available for Touring

We are currently making this new work for international touring in 2024.

What is it?

Arch is an exploration of humans and materials, revealing the beauty and flaws of the global systems we imagine, build, and come to rely on.

It is an in/outdoor performance installation for audiences of up to 400+ that combines installation, performance, music and participation. Our aim is for performances to last for around 2 hours.

The audience witness an attempt, by two people, to build a freestanding arch, made two thirds of concrete blocks and one third of ice blocks.

A choir of local singers accompanies the performance in a continuous, musical vigil, framing Arch with fragility and hope.

Call for Citizen Commissioners

For 2 years, we have developed Arch with the help of incredible partners and collaborators. It is our most urgent work yet.

Now we’re asking for your help…

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We’ll credit all Citizen Commissioners next to each performance of Arch on tour and here on our website.

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Summary

The performance will start with a single voice, singing; no language is discernible. Two people light a fire and begin to build the arch. They pile heavy blocks made of concrete or ice onto a former which holds them in place. It is difficult, nearly impossible. As they build, more singers join in the chorus, singing continuously for the entire performance in turns; sometimes stepping back, sometimes singing all together.

Finally, the former is removed and the arch stands. They drag the fire under the ice section of the arch, and step off the stage, mingling with the audience. Everyone waits, suspended, watching as the ice drips and melts. Champagne is served while they wait. Eventually, everyone witnesses the arch fall as the choir continues to sing.

R&D preview

 

Audience responses

People said about Arch:

The sharing yesterday will be one of the highlights of my time at the [National Theatre] studio and something I’ll remember for the rest of my life!

It was utterly captivating second to second, and theatre in its cleanest and most profound distillation.”

 

“It’s beautiful and it’s fascinating and it’s strange and the effort of the thing is, I think, what really kept me watching.”

“It moves from meditation to anxiety to fear to excitement to hope. It passes through a load of emotions which is really exciting.”

 

I was just heartbroken and satisfied within a matter of minutes.

 

Profoundly moved by today’s R&D sharing of Arch, new work from @kaleider – I felt such a shared commitment to witness human effort.

 

Access

Click on the following links to download the documents:

Easy Read in pdf

Easy Read in Word

Audio Description in mp3

Audio Description in Word

Arch is still in development and can be different each time it is presented. We are very happy to customise access documents for each promotor’s venue, location and language.

 

Credits

Arch research and development is supported by IN SITU, the European platform for artistic creation in public space, in the frame of the project UN(COMMON) SPACES, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, and supported by Freedom Festival Arts Trust.

 

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