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The Mesmerist - Northern Rascals

  • York Theatre Royal Studio Saint Leonard's Place York, England, YO1 United Kingdom (map)
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About the work:

The Mesmerist’, whisks the audience away to the wondrous land where Angels wander. Amidst the ethereal calm, we meet Alf & Annie, two seasoned workers of the Angelic realm. Alf is stable, supported and content. 9124 days in and not one bump in the road. That is until the day Annie whirlwinds into his life. Taken up in her storm, Alf faces new challenges as he tries to juggle his work, his love and the Angel that is falling before him.

Through a mixture of dance, clowning and stunning optical illusions, we follow this lovable and quirky duo on a magical journey of love and loss, of hope and adventure. At times comedic, at others poignant, this family-friendly show explores the importance of friendship and of reaching out to find the light when your world loses its spark.

Co-Artistic Director & Performer – Anna Holmes
Co-Artistic Director & Performer – Sam Ford
Costume Design – Jessie McEwan
Lighting Design – Barnaby Booth

Supported by SLAPmoves, ‘The Mesmerist’ is supported by SLAP in conjunction with the York and North Yorkshire Dance Hub, York Dance Space, Yorkshire Dance and York St John University

About the company: 

Northern Rascals is a multi-disciplinary company based in Yorkshire created with the idea of taking thought-provoking dance theatre to a variety of audiences. Established by Anna Holmes and Sam Ford, the company amalgamate different art forms to create a fully immersive, engaging and relatable experience for the audience. Their work thrives off taking people to different worlds which parallel the world in which we live. Achieved through their use anthropomorphism and spectacle, the duo has the ability of transfixing the entire space, emotionally and physically with the magic that is unfolding before them. 

Audience experience: 

This performance is a contemporary dance work. You will enter the theatre and take a seat. The performers will then enter the stage, they will be dancing. During the performance the performers will dance together and with objects on the stage. There will be some effects with lights during the performance. The performance will finish and you will then leave the theatre. 

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