Since 1980, Wendy Houston has worked extensively as a solo performer and in collaboration with companies and artists, whose work challenges, enriches and extends the boundaries of dance and theatre.
Over the years, her work has developed a uniquely distinctive style that combines movement with text and meaning with humour.
50 ACTS, written by Wendy Houston with lighting design by Nigel Edwards is a spirited retaliation against ageism and other modern rubbish involving Manifestos, Songs, Apologies and Errors, Random Acts, Small dances and Big Ideas, Ghostly appearances, Invisibility, Stupidity, and Much, Much More.
Wendy Houstoun has become a mentor and model for a generation of artists. Having previously collaborated with Rose English, Gary Stevens, Tim Etchells, Matteo Fargion and the late Nigel Charnock.
Wendy now brings her own brand of radicalism to the festival in 50 Acts, a declaration of intent and a commitment to action.
Funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Dance4, with support from Yorkshire Dance and Nightingale Theatre.
50 Acts has already recieved positive reviews from Dance Magazine, Times Online and The Independent:
"Full of smartly ironic text constructed from the perspective of a mature woman taking stock of her life and her art, it finds Houstoun executing such oddball but meaningful actions as dodging around in a hard-hat, smashing old records with a hammer, or trying to locate the nearest dust mote." - Donald Hutera, Dance Magazine
50 Acts is currently touring with the following dates:
Sat 27 April, 8pm
Déda, Chapel Street, Derby, DE1 3GU
Wed 15 May, 8pm
MAC, 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast, BT1 2NJ
Wed 22 May, 8pm
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen’s Square, Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 2SP
To view the trailer click here.