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SURGE is an immersive audio-visual, genre-breaking live show, very popular with family audiences. Created during lockdown, SURGE has been touring internationally to a variety of theatres, young people’s festivals, digital festivals and LIGHT NIGHTS.

SURGE has a proven ‘wow’ factor with both regular arts attenders and people who wouldn't usually attend a theatre or gallery. The show increasingly features as the ‘highlight’ event of a festival in audience evaluation reports.

It was made into a short film by the BBC, still showing on i-player:

There are two versions of SURGE: A ‘theatre’ set up - with audiences seated in an auditorium, and SURGE 360 where audiences stand/seated on all four sides of a central dance mat. (Festival set up) Either way audiences feel totally immersed in this light and sound experience with futuristic and prescient themes, building their own narrative and story, while engaging closely with the central character. They always leave the experience feeling like they have ‘never seen anything like it before’.

Running time 25 minutes, upto 3 performances in one day.

Themes are futuristic: A future human on the bridge between the digital and organic worlds pushed to their limits to ‘feel’ – to ‘sense’ – to ‘exist’. The audience become totally immersed inside a duet between dancer and animated light in a gripping kinaesthetic relationship.

“ a combination of Blade Runner, 90’s club culture and cyberpunk, it captures a conversation that is completely now, in a tightly put-together piece that feels like a genuinely original four-way collaboration between performer, choreographer, music and design…Mesmerising” THE GUARDIAN ★★★★

“Immersive and genre busting….ingenious’ ★★★★★ THE ARTS DESK

“Relentlessly stimulating, Surge is terrifying and stunning, prompting questions about human survival in the emergent world of AI.” DANCE ARTS JOURNAL

“Brava and soon please – encore” ★★★★ FINANCIAL TIMES

“Dazzling, ingenious, thought provoking” ★★★★ CULTURE WHISPER

“How good is it that, for once, small venues will have the chance of seeing such leading-edge excellence. All power to Tom Dale and his crew” ★★★★★ THE ARTS DESK

“A super-satisfying evening of dance. State of the art lighting turns the black box theatre into a fantasy world of boundless space and brilliant colour. Add dance to feed the soul, music to spice the mix, then sit back and enjoy.” SEEING DANCE

“Mesmerising” ★★★★ THE GUARDIAN

“Total Theatre” SEEING DANCE

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Audiences experience the installation by viewing on all sides of an 8m by 6m dance mat.
Estimated Weight
Appropriate stereo sound system able to deliver 105 db SPL at the mixer position A-weighted clean full range (subwoofers included) undistorted sound everywhere in the audience area Company tours with: all Projectors, a DMG Hazer and 1 x radio microphone
Previously seen at
Nottingham Light Night (professional solo plus longer version including youth participants), Barnsley Bright Night, Spilsby Light Night, Prism Light Night, Manchester; Kopergietery Digital Festival, Belgium, Young Dance Festival, Zug Switzerland. The theatre (end-on) version has toured nationally to small /mid theatres across the UK.
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