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Chester Refugee Week

Chester Refugee Week

Tuesday 19 – Monday 25 June 2018

Cheshire based dancer, choreographer and theologian Claire Henderson Davis and dance artist Bettina Carpi are creating ‘Take Refuge Under My Shade’, a dance theatre piece that will provide the central focus for Refugee Week events in June. Under this same banner, they have also curated a series of Chester-based community events, providing all ages with ways of participating in Refugee Week locally.

‘Take Refuge Under My Shade’ follows the interweaving stories (in English and Arabic) of three pregnant women: a Syrian woman journeying to the UK, a British woman describing her struggle with poverty, and the story of Mary visiting Elizabeth to share her good news. The piece explores themes of loss, endurance and new beginnings through a female lens, not in a linear or literal way but through evoking the inner, emotional journey of the women – piecing together the fragments of lives radically changed.

The dance interacts with an original soundtrack by composer Gary Lloyd, recorded at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall by the Scottish Session Orchestra conducted by Adam Robinson.  ‘Take Refuge Under My Shade will be performed in the Garret Theatre at Storyhouse on Thursday 21 June at 1pm & 7.30pm.

A series of complementary events in both Chester Cathedral and Storyhouse takes place between the 19 & 25 June. These comprise (click the event for further details):

Human Flow – Monday 18 June

Objects Left & Objects Taken – Tuesday 19 – Monday 25 June

Make Refuge – Tuesday 19 (& Wednesday 20 June)

Celebrating Refuge – Wednesday 20 June

Take Refuge Under My Shade – performance – Thursday 21 June

Music & Meditations on Refuge – Wednesday 20 June