With Vincent Dance Theatre’s trademark black humour, VIRGIN TERRITORY takes an uncompromising look at what it's like for young people to live in an over-sexualised, digitally captured world.
Four adults and four children (aged 12-14) negotiate some uncomfortable truths about the culture we live in, where bodies are exposed, identities are faked and our deepest truths remain hidden.
Unflinching in its honesty and hopeful in its intent, VIRGIN TERRITORY is a rallying cry from the ‘astonishingly original’ Vincent Dance Theatre (New York Times) to just let our kids be kids.
VIRGIN TERRITORY premiered live at The Place, London in November 2016. The international premiere is at Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales De Seine-Saint-Denis 2017, Paris, 27 - 28 May 2017.
VIRGIN TERRITORY LIVE PRODUCTION was commissioned by The Place with support from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
‘Brave…unnerving exploration of the sexualised imagery mobilised by smartphones and circulated inside classrooms’
‘With a sensational cast of performers who combine technical skill with brilliant body language and emotional depth, Vincent delivers forceful messages through her poetic and political dance theatre’
‘Vincent's coupling of adult bodies and young bodies is extraordinary. The four children crash and slam their counterparts with uncompromising commitment’
‘Our rapidly changing world lies at the heart of Charlotte Vincent’s VIRGIN TERRITORY … a deeply uncomfortable work, made all the more so in Vincent’s stroke of genius to cast four child performers alongside four adults’
‘Charlotte Vincent is one of the most important feminist artists working in Britain today. Contemporary dance fans should beat a path to her door’
‘…performed by an eclectic cast of four professional performers, and four child performers – who are extremely impressive in their execution of both technical dance phrases and also theatrical/emotional intentions’
‘Virgin Territory is a work of a candid, uncompromising nature but it is the reality of the scenarios Vincent addresses that makes them so powerful … there is an openness between the adults and young people that should be more prevalent in society’
‘This is a must for every teenage girl or boy’
‘This work asks important questions… Can what the internet has unleashed ever be put back in the bottle?’
Exhilarating in its capture of movement, VIRGIN TERRITORY DIGITAL PRODUCTION is a series of beautiful, disarming choreographic exchanges, performed on multiple screens, designed as a new way of sharing VDT’s powerful work.
Created for adaptable theatre and gallery spaces, this is a bold, immersive dance theatre experience that brings the audience closer to the action on screen and explores the impact that constantly performing for the camera has on our lives.
With moving, resilient performances by young people at its core, VIRGIN TERRITORY DIGITAL PRODUCTION elicits an emotional and discursive response, as we witness children playing in a hyper-sexualised adult online world.
VDT’s VIRGIN TERRITORY DIGITAL PRODUCTION premieres as part of Kate Tempest’s Brighton Festival at ONCA Gallery Brighton, 10-21 May (excluding 15/16 May), 2017.
To discuss how your venue could host the work and associated engagement workshops, please email Sian Williams at email@example.com.
VIRGIN TERRITORY DIGITAL PRODUCTION is commissioned by Brighton Festival and The Place, with support from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
“It opened my mind to both sides of the situation and made me really think about the sexualisation of both boys and girls”
Throughout 2016/17 VDT are delivering VIRGIN TERRITORY WORKSHOPS with young people (14+) and adults to investigate the challenges that young people face as they forge their own identities in an image-complex world. The workshops reflect on how our hyper-sexualised, digitised culture is affecting young people and their sexual expectations, personal choices and relationships.
VIRGIN TERRITORY WORKSHOPS take place in a ‘staged space’ with participants responding to a series of craft based tasks and filmed sequences of the live work. These workshops are adaptable and can be modified to suit the needs of different groups.
Participant’s creative RESPONSES are encouraged and are being shared via VDT’s Flickr galleries. Other ‘user generated’ materials created in the workshops will tour alongside VIRGIN TERRITORY.
If you are interested in booking VIRGIN TERRITORY WORKSHOPS for your school or community group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
#VDTEverydayAction is a social awareness campaign on Twitter that runs alongside VIRGIN TERRITORY.
The campaign asks people to hand-write a hopeful, practical action anyone can do to challenge the pressures of everyday sexism and digital culture.