SHUT DOWN Film Installation
2018-, 65 minutes
SHUT DOWN is Vincent Dance Theatre’s thought-provoking, timely new FILM INSTALLATION, that investigates the pressures, contradictions and confusions of being a man.
Performed by an outstanding cast of seven male performers, including three exceptionally talented teenagers, movement, spoken word, rap and striking visual imagery collide to shine a fierce and funny light on masculinity. SHUT DOWN explores gender fluidity, absent fatherhood, male depression, pornography and misogyny. The voices of the young people in the work are urgent and moving: they show us, in no uncertain terms, what needs to change.
SHUT DOWN is the result of a collaboration between VDT and Brighton based AudioActive, a music charity working with young people and contemporary urban culture. Five young people from AudioActive created original material for the production, with 15-year old Eben’Flo’s passionate spoken word pieces, Marshall Mandiangu’s songs and Matt McLaughlin’s rap threading through the work, underscored by Jules Maxwell’s evocative soundtrack.
SHUT DOWN was filmed on location in Newhaven and Kent by VDT’s cinematographer Bosie Vincent, and directed by Charlotte Vincent, ‘one of the most important feminist artists working in Britain today’ (The Observer).
‘This was my highlight of the Festival – honest, thoughtful, funny, gut-wrenching.’ Audience Member, Brighton Festival 2018
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SHUT DOWN is the brother work to VIRGIN TERRITORY (2016/17), supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Sussex Community Foundation and Chalk Cliff Trust. VDT is a National Portfolio Organisation, funded by Arts Council England and Associate Company at Brighton Dome and Festival.
SHUT DOWN will also be touring on stage in Spring 2019.