Dance group collaborates with BBC war journalist

David Loyn (far right) watching a rehearsal for Rites Of War.
David Loyn (far right) watching a rehearsal for Rites Of War.
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BBC Afghanistan correspondent David Loyn will visit Eastleigh to talk about his role in the creation of Rites Of War, a dance piece at The Point next Friday and Saturday at 7.30pm.

Rites of War by Gravity & Levity is at the Eastleigh venue on November 14 and 15, and Loyn will do a pre-show talk on November 14.

The piece is performed on a six-metre high climbing wall, with a cast of six aerialists and dancers. They combine their choreography with music, film projections and news commentary to explore the impact of war on two soldiers, one serving on the Belgian battlefields of World War One, the other in present-day Afghanistan.

David says: ‘It took artists and war poets fully to communicate the experience of the First World War. Rites of War joins a growing body of work that responds to the wars fought in Afghanistan and Iraq since 9/11.

‘I have previously seen the power of the stage to speak to the ambivalence of the public to these campaigns when I worked as an adviser on the Scottish National Theatre production Black Watch, perhaps an unlikely international hit given its subject matter of Iraq.’

Tickets are £10-12, visit thepointeastleigh.co.uk