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A full landscape shot of two white women walking onstage using white canes to guide them

Extant and Yellow Earth present Flight Paths

A landscape photo of Victoria, a Nigerian woman, Takashi, a Japanese man and Amelia, an Italian American woman. The three stand in a line, walking towards the camera between two airport moving walkways

2019

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. Inspired by the Goze, blind female performers who travelled around medieval Japan making a living from telling epic tales, they move between tradition and modernity weaving together personal stories of blind artists from Japan, Nigeria and the USA. Flight Paths was a multi-media production that combined movement, music, narrative and creative audio description using new sound technology.

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Catching the Ghost

A white male performer stands centre stage

2017

Follow a young man’s journey into sight loss and his struggle to reconstruct a life from the ashes of the old, with honesty, dark humour, music and occasionally just falling over for a cheap laugh. Originally commissioned by Guide Dogs 2016 media week, this piece was later developed and presented by Extant for Wandsworth and Brighton fringe festivals, the BIT Festival Zagreb and Bloomsbury Festival 2017

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The Chairs re-tour

A trio of performers on stage. From left to right, a bald white man wearing a beige jumpsuit with his neck craned to the middle, a person wearing a full body white hazmat suit standing elevated, and an older woman with curly grey hair smiling with hands clutched.

2016

The Chairs is an absurdist farce by Eugene Ionesco, first performed in 1952 at the Theatre Lancry in Paris, and widely regarded as a classic. Extant’s groundbreaking production of this rarely performed play, translated by Martin Crimp, cast two blind performers in the lead roles and incorporated audio description into the live performance as part of a unique soundscape. The re-tour travelled to four UK venues during April 2016: Harlow Playhouse, mac Birmingham, The Lowry and Stratford Circus Arts Centre .

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Flatland

A burst of black lines come towards us originating from the word "Flatland" in the centre of the image. Above, a series of black and white zig zags form a dome shape.

2010-2015

Extant has led a first and second phase investigation into haptic technology and immersive performance in ‘The Question’ (2010) and ‘Flatland’ (2015) .
Learn more about these innovative art and technology projects here.

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ComBUStion

In the foreground a sign for ComBUStion with a cartoon of a red bus and children excited to board. Next to this sign is another saying 'Please note you'll be offered a blindfold.' In the background is the double decker Combustion bus with the conductor and members of the public standing beside it.

2015

With support from Liberty Festival, Extant collaborated with playful public realm arts company, Bureau of Silly Ideas, and Together invited audiences at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to form an orderly queue at the talking bus stop, and wait for their chance to participate in a London double-decker Bus ride with a difference…!

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The Chairs

Ghostly figures sit in chairs in a dilapidated room.

2014

Extant toured Ionesco’s tragic farce, The Chairs, in a translation by Martin Crimp, with a unique interpretation featuring visually impaired cast and director, as well as innovative set and sound design.

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ZombieyeZ in Zagreb

A zoomed in image of an eye, showing the black of the pupil and the surrounding tissue. The image is washed with an eerie deep green.

2013/15

How far did they go to get their sight back? The first ever authentic blind zombie movie! Filmed on location in London and the Croatian capital Zagreb, this adventure is by turns serious, silly and unsettling. Follow a cast of international blind and visually impaired characters attending a medical clinic where the final shocking conclusion of the experimental plays out.

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Sheer

A closeup of a burlesque performer with her yellow gloved hands up, fingers spread. She is wearing a distorted red and white patterned eye mask and crisscrossing bandages across her torso.

2012

The Dr will see you now…. For our 15th year anniversary we blended burlesque, comedy and horror to create a thrilling and unique moment where immersion meets experience in a production that explored visual impairment, sexuality and the grotesque. Touring to Stratford Circus, The Arena Wolverhampton and Artsdepot London, this show was set in the pitch dark with tactile interaction and moments of horrific illumination.

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Tandemonium

Illustrated logo for Tandemonium – a tandem rides along a musical score

2010

Riding the rhythm on customized tandems, Extant presented four blind performers in a musical theatre performance as never seen or heard before.

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Obscurity

A composite image of the Peter Harrison Planetarium cone

2009

A site specific outdoor promenade performance involving story telling, live music, visual art and a 16 speaker spatialised sound scape performed at Greenwich and Trafalgar Square.

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Effing and Blinding! Cabaret

Silhouette of 3 performers against a black and white grid

2007-9

A flexible, fascinating and fun cabaret in the dark by a travelling blind troop performed in the UK, Berlin, Croatia and Finland.

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The Cast Party

From above, a large group of people on the party floor, drinking near a blue lit bar.

2006

Background More and more these days, ‘access’ is the name of the game, and as visually impaired people, we find that if there is provision made for us in this respect it usually focuses on making information accessible, buildings accessible or the art product inside these buildings, like plays, films or exhibitions accessible through audio […]

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Weights

A black male performer standing on stage, his left arm motioning across the stage in a fast blur.

2005

Extant premiered the UK tour of blind African American playwright, poet, actor and athlete, Lynn Manning in his one-man autobiographical play, performed in Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Brighton and London.

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Resistance

A close up of a white man's face thrown back. Next to him, with his cheek touching his neck, a white male police officer snarls.

2005

Extant’s first touring production, a groundbreaking innovative physical theatre piece based on the true story of teenage blind French resistance leader Jacques Lusseyran.

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Zeros And Nils

Flyer – a white silhouette at the edge of a stage against a red background. White zeros of different sizes represent an audience

2002

Extant produced the first ever use of audio description and simultaneous language translation in a premier UK tour of Croatia’s New Life Theatre, in their production Zeros and Nils by D.I Harms.

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