Extant and Yellow Earth present Flight Paths

Touring spring 2019. Scroll down for venues, dates and booking details.

Overview

The Goze were blind female storytellers and musicians who travelled the length and breadth of medieval Japan making a living from performing epic tales. In this production, two blind women take centre stage sometimes on aerial silks, sometimes with their feet firmly on the ground but always surrounded by voices, music, stories and ghosts.

From tradition to modernity they navigate the path of the migrant, weaving together personal stories of blind artists from Japan, Nigeria, the USA and Australia as they forge their careers as aerialists, viola player and soprano.

Flight Paths is the first ever co-production from Extant, the UK's leading theatre company of visually impaired people, and Yellow Earth, the UK's award-winning British East Asian theatre company. It brings together playwright Glen Neath (The Ring, Seance), movement specialist Vicki Amedume from Upswing, surround-sound technologist Tarim and filmmaker Terry Braun to deliver a dynamic and innovative piece of theatre.

CAST AND CREW

Writer
Glen Neath

Co-directors
Maria Oshodi and Kumiko Mendl

Cast
Amelia Cavallo and Sarah Houbolt with Takashi Kikuchi and Victoria Oruwari

Aerial and movement
Victoria Amedume

Sound
Thor McIntyre-Burnie

Audio technologist
Tarim

Designer
Becky Minto

Projections
Terry Braun

Lighting
Nao Nagai

UK TOUR 2019

Harlow Playhouse Theatre 
Tuesday, 5 Feb, 7:30 pm
Playhouse Square, Harlow CM20 1LS
Box office: 01279 431945
http://www.harlowplayhouse.co.uk ;
Pay-what-you-can

Stratford Circus 
Friday, 8 February & Saturday, 9 February
Theatre Square, London E15 1BX
Box office: 020 8279 1080
http://www.stratford-circus.com
Tickets £15 (£13 concessions)

The Lowry 
Wednesday, 13 February, 8 pm
Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ
Box office: 0843 208 6000
http://www.thelowry.com
Tickets £14

Theatr Clwyd 
Friday, 15 February, 7:45 pm; Saturday, 16 February, 2:45 pm & 7:45 pm
Raikes Lane, Mold, CH7 1YA
Box office: 01352 701521
http://www.theatrclwyd.com
Tickets from £10

Curve
Tuesday, 19 February & Wednesday, 20 February, 7:45 pm 
60 Rutland St, Leicester LE1 1SB
Box office: 0116 242 3595
http://www.curveonline.co.uk
Tickets from £10

The Albany 
Friday, 1 March, 7:30 pm; Saturday, 2 March, 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG
Box office: 020 8692 4446
http://www.thealbany.org.uk

The Arena, Wolverhampton
Tuesday, 5 March, 7:30 pm
Wulfruna St, Wolverhampton WV1 1SE
Box Office: 01902 321 321
http://www.wlv.ac.uk/arena-theatre
Tickets £12 (£10)

For more information on our collaborators you can visit their websites:

Glen Neath

Yellow Earth Theatre

Vicki Amedume: Upswing

A medium shot of a Japanese man playing the viola without a bow. He wears a white long-sleeved shirt and black trousers. High contrast.

Blind classical viola player Takashi Kikuchi in R&D for Flight Paths at The Albany in Deptford.

A visibly old drawing of five Japanese women in traditional dress playing musical instruments. Three play the lute and two play drums.

Blind Women Musicians (Goze), from the series Entertainments of the Niwaka Festival in the Yoshiwara in Full Swing, Part 2 (Seirô Niwaka zensei asobi, ni no kawari) via the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

A medium close-up of a woman with cropped hair throwing her head back in laughter. She wears a sky blue hoodie and has perfect teeth.

Visually impaired aerialist Amelia Cavallo in R&D for Flight Paths at The Albany in Deptford. 

Actors Nakamura Fukusuke I as Miyagi Asojirô, Seki Sanjûrô III as Fujiya Tokuemon (R), and Onoe Kikujirô II as the Blind Minstrel (Goze) Asagao (L) via the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.