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dreamthinkspeak return to Somerset House for new site-responsive production

  • Date: 11 February 2013
  • Area: South East
Two people shouting at each other infront of computer monitors

In The Beginning Was The End, dreamthinkspeak, 2013. Credit: Jim Stephenson

After the success of The Rest is Silence for the London 2012 Festival, Arts Council England National portfolio organisation, dreamthinkspeak, is back with a new production.

In The Beginning Was The End is showing at Somerset House now until 30 March 2013. The production is a large-scale site-responsive promenade show that takes its inspiration from Leonardo Da Vinci, The Book of Revelation and the world of Mechatronics.

dreamthinkspeak is returning to Somerset House after their sell-out show, Don’t Look Back in 2004. This time they will be taking the audience through a maze of underground passages and previously unknown spaces of King’s College in a fusion of film, installation and live performance.

The starting point for In The Beginning Was The End was Da Vinci’s A Cloudburst of Material Possessions. The production explores man’s obsession with materialism and mass production.

The show will invite the audience to question whether this is the end of the world or the start of a new world. By exploring materialism and spirituality, In The Beginning Was The End examines the impact of technological advancements suggesting a world on the edge, between collapse and rebirth.

Led by Tristan Sharps, the production saw a collaboration between dreamthinkspeak’s team of makers and King’s Colleges’ engineers, lab technicians and electronic hackers. The merging of a range of technologies, including hydraulics and modern mechanical engineering, will create a performance that will take its audience from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Tristan Sharps, Artistic Director dreamthinkspeak says: ‘I've been dreaming about this production for 5 years now, so it's great to finally get the chance to create the show. It's pushing new boundaries for us in a number of ways, but we have a great group of talented creative and technical people involved in the project and we are all working incredibly hard to realise this dream.’

dreamthinkspeak’s In The Beginning Was The End.
For more information: www.somersethouse.org.uk