This project brings together the highly distinctive voices of Australian Choreographer Lina Limosani and Scottish Director in The Spinners, a story of the Greek Moirai, the trio of women who are the physical manifestation of fate and destiny. The first of the Moirai spins the thread of life, the second measures it, and the third cuts it. In this way the Moirai decide the fates of all human beings and, in a sense, preside over the laws of time.
THE SPINNERS brings the Fates down to earth and re-imagines them living in the heart of a sprawling city. From their humble apartment, they oversee the births and deaths of all human beings. Drawing thread from their own bodies they weave mannequins, imbuing them with the breath of life. These mannequins form a giant web: the interconnectedness of all human journeys. When a human life is nearing its end the corresponding mannequin is committed to the ether.
Through stunning visual imagery, an immersive original score, dance, and theatre, The Spinners is an exhilarating journey into myth and imagination. Virtuoso Australian dancers Tara Jade Samaya and Kialea-Nadine Williams join Limosani on stage to play the three Fates who spin, measure, and cut the thread of life, creating an emotionally charged dance-theatre performance that weaves together themes of mortality, freewill, and sisterhood.
The Spinners has been developed in stages between Australia and Scotland with the World Premiere at both Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre Mt Gambier on 7th July, and a SELL OUT season at the Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre from 11th-13th July 2018 as part of the inaugural Adelaide Dance Festival. It immediately went onto have a further sixteen night SELL OUT season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018 where it was nominated for a Total Theatre Award for Dance. This was supported by Made in Adelaide and Made in Scotland showcases.
SOLD OUT - Adelaide Dance Festival
SOLD OUT - Edinburgh Fringe Festival
TOURING SCOTLAND APRIL/MAY 2020 TOUR CANCELLED (Covid 19 travel restrictions)
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Named as a Top 10 BEST DANCE SHOW in the UK for 2018 by LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Shortlisted Total Theatre Award for Dance @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival
CREATED BY: Al Seed & Lina Limosani
AL SEED: Director (UK)
LINA LIMOSANI: Choreographer & Performer (Australia)
TARA SAMAYA & KIALEA NADINE WILLIAMS: Performers (Australia)
GUY VEALE: Sound Designer (UK)
WENDY TODD: Costume & Set Designer (Australia)
NIGEL LEVINGS: Lighting Designer (Australia)
LEE-ANNE DONNOLLEY - FAR AND AWAY PRODUCTIONS: Original Producer
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The Guardian ‘A quietly stunning odyssey'
British Theatre Guide ‘A tour de force'
The Scotsman ‘There’s a richness to The Spinners which keeps on unfolding’
The Evening Standard
The Edinburgh Guide
The Wee Review
'Intelligent, captivating and superbly performed.' The Guardian
‘The Spinners, a collaboration between Scottish director Al Seed and Australian choreographer-dancer Lina Limosani is a richly crafted theatrical tapestry that cleverly questions notions of destiny and female agency.’ The Guardian
'For an hour I sat spellbound at the artistry and talent of this collaboration.' Kerry Cooper - Stage Whispers
'The dance is pure and precise, and at its times of interconnection an almost visceral pleasure.' Peter Burdon - The Advertiser
'This is a strong and very original work' Maggie Tonkin - Dance Australia
'Embodied with a fabulously fierce, seemingly telepathic focus by Limosani, Tara Jade Samaya and Kialea-Nadine Williams, these apocalyptic warrior-witches treat their responsibilities with poker-faced dedication.’ Donald Hutera - The List
‘The Spinners is a most unusual dance work: futuristic with ancient undertones; incredibly fast-paced as well as thoughtful; it’s a highly original blend of storytelling and pure dance. It uses an old tale in such a way that it speaks to us 21st century folk, makes comment on contemporary themes as all good art should – no preaching, no clunkiness’. Tamsin Grainger – The Wee Review