SNAKES & LADDERS
All female outdoor
'All games have morals; and the game of Snakes and Ladders captures, as no other activity can hope to do, the eternal truth that for every ladder you hope to climb, a snake is waiting just around the corner, and for every snake a ladder will compensate.
But it's more than that; no mere carrot-and-stick affair; because implicit in the game is unchanging twoness of things, the duality of up against down, good against evil; [....] Alpha against Omega, father against mother.'
(Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children)
Suitable for outdoor festivals and medium to large scale indoor venues.
Snakes & Ladders is a co-directorship between RoguePlay Theatre and Gravity & Levity, with R&D support from The Generating Company, and funded by Arts Council England. Taking place on a specifically designed rig structure, 5 performers play a huge 3D version of the traditional game of Snakes & Ladders. Players can pass over other players, send their co-players tumbling down snakes to start again and cheat their way up by climbing ladders. The piece encompasses dance harness, aerial rope, parkour, physical theatre and performance poetry, and explores the balance of relationships, the good and bad qualities of desire versus destiny and in the words of Salmon Rushdie, ' the eternal truth that for every ladder you hope to climb, a snake is waiting just around the corner, and for every snake a ladder will compensate.'
Director & Choreographer: Kim Charnock
Co-Choreographer: Lindsey Butcher
Cast: Maria Charles
Rigging: Maurycy Kowalski
Sound Engineer: Liam Walsh
R&D Support: Paul Cockle
The Generating Company
Photos & Video: Richard Battye