Tea Revives the World, site-specific performance in four parts
Alexandra Baybutt and Ben Gwalchmai
Greenwich Dances Festival 2011, recipients of the Leg up Bursary from Greenwich Dance
Part 1, Wednesday 29-June Convection
This piece hint at the shifting status of men and women in post Second World War Britain. A portrait of social change, on the subtlest level.
Part 2, Thursday 31-June ‘Tis very easy to see they have more Liberty than we’
Promenade performance with musician Gemma Gayner
In this piece, Colonialists travel east – a time of goods, inoculation research, news and information, of letters and travel writing and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu paving the way for activity and status independent of men and husbands.
See a rough film of Part 2 here
Part 3, Friday-01-July Trading
This audience participatory piece plays with moving goods, the good ways of moving, of trade routes and dialogue. Will you remember the traded or the transaction? Or was the act of transaction better than the things traded?
Part 4, Saturday-02-July Tea Revives
Inspired in part by the piers of Greenwich and The Cutty Sark, the tea-clipper ship that traded tea all over the globe. Tea Revives explores our shared history of connected voyages of the body, replenishment and resolute action. The actions of everyday rituals, tea-picking, travels and trade are woven together to explore the unique history of Greenwich and our relationship to this past.