Arch

Available for Touring

Arch is an attempt to build a freestanding arch, made two thirds of concrete and one third of ice.

Deceptive in its simplicity, Arch unfolds as a surprising emotional journey. An exquisite combination of breath, heart, and muscle entangle with the perpetual inevitability of collapse.

 

I was just heartbroken and satisfied within a matter of minutes.” – Audience quote

Touching audiences with themes of death, renewal, and hope, this work also points towards the extraordinary, yet flawed, systems humans create: language, economies, architectures, democracies – and, inevitably, to the impact of these systems on our ecological system, and on ourselves.

Known for building temporary communities in his work, Director Seth Honnor creates a world of human endeavour, hope, and loss. Arch gathers our minds and hearts, inviting us to bear witness to something we cannot command. Like in Seth’s other work, Arch gently asks questions of all of us, of our roles and our responsibilities.

 

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

In what could be described as a kind of “installation opera,” a languageless score by Verity Standen holds and moves us through a relentlessly physical performance; at times meditative, and at others arresting and highly charged.

We can tell you what happens in this work: you will witness two people attempt to build a freestanding arch in ice and concrete whilst a beguiling vigil of voices holds your attention. What is less straightforward is to tell you how it will make you feel – only that it will.

 

“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.” – Rachel Twigg, Head of Studio, National Theatre Studio

2024 International Tour.

Arch is on tour in 2024, including its international and UK premieres. See all tour dates here

R&D preview

 

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 will 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 is a Kaleider Production

Conceived and Directed by Seth Honnor

Executive Producer: Katie Keeler

Musical Director: Verity Standen

Dramaturg: Tanuja Amarasuriya

Movement Consultant: Laila Diallo

Lighting Designer: Nao Nagai

Production Manager: Jay Kerry

Producers: Irene Urrutia, Jocelyn Mills

Performers: Aminita Francis, David Ridley, Ellian Showering, Irene Urrutia, Kate Huggett, Kate Smith, Katie Keeler, Miryam Solomon, Nao Nagai, Seth Honnor, Verity Standen

Arch is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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.

Arch was developed with the support of the National Theatre’s Generate programme.

Arch is co-commissioned by Theater op de Markt.

Citizen Commissioners

Arch is backed by individual donors who supported Kaleider to make and bring this artwork into the world.

Robbie Stamp
Bronwen Townsend
Charlie Tapp
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