2017 - 2019, 100 minutes
‘Vincent identifies, with forensic precision, the way men react to changing times’ **** The Observer
Directed by ‘one of the most important feminist artists working in Britain today’ (The Observer), SHUT DOWN explores the spectrum of modern day masculinity and investigates the pressures, contradictions and confusions of being a man.
Vincent Dance Theatre’s first ever all male production is timely, humorous and highly charged ‘political and poetic dance theatre’ (London Dance), from one of the UK’s most risk-taking and rigorous choreographers. Dance, spoken word, rap and real-life testimony collide to ask: what is it like to live as a man today?
‘Once again I was blown away by @VincentDT. #VDTShutDown is fearless, meaningful and so relevant. Everyone needs to see it.’ Audience Feedback, London
‘SHUT DOWN seems to present simultaneously a manifesto, a rebellion, a cry for help, and a mapping of the many identities ‘a man’ could take on.’ Exeunt Magazine
Listen to Charlotte Vincent discussing SHUT DOWN on BBC Woman’s Hour, November 2017
SHUT DOWN premiered live in London in November 2017 (see trailer above) and toured across the UK in spring 2019.
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.
- Directed and Designed by
- Performed by
- Hip Hop Consultants
- Sean Stakim
- Marso Riviere
- Sound Design by
- Soundtrack contributions by
- Members of AudioActive
- Lighting Design by
- Nigel Edwards
- Production Manager