A blank canvas, an electro-acoustic harp, minimalist and symbolic in appearance, Stretch is a screen made of hundreds of strands of fine, shirring elastic.
Stretched from wall to wall, miles of elastic create a permeable threshold or boundary that embraces the architecture of any space. A stand alone interactive installation, there are no instructions about what to do with Stretch, or how it should be treated. Play it as an instrument, climb it like a web – make your own multisensory journey outside in.
An ever-evolving installation, the early versions of Stretch took often unlikely venues by surprise and by storm. It was conceived and designed by Sophia Clist in collaboration with Nick Burge as part of the Catch season at the Lyric Hammersmith in 2003. For NottDance International Dance Festival and The Public (West Bromwich) in 2004, the installation was at regular intervals animated by dancers and music, including by composer and musician Craig Vear, and proved a hit with people of all ages.
Past venues and festivals include: The Catch – Lyric Theatre Hammersmith; Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadler’s Wells; Nottdance; Transit Dance festival, Marl; MILK International Festival of the Arts, Toronto; Chicago Humanities Festival; Illuminate – Birmingham Hippodrome / DanceXchange and most recently Awesome Festival of the Arts for Bright Young Things, Perth, Australia.
Available for touring indoor, outdoor and in site-specific locations.
Performances and workshops for all ages and abilities available on demand.