Emergency Chorus are a performance company working across experimental theatre and live art. We make performances which explore the contemporary moment that we find ourselves living through.
We’re interested in the ways that we, as individuals, make sense of the world - the huge, complicated, beautiful, broken whole of it. How do we see ourselves in relation to the past, and how we might imagine our collective future? The individual, more aware than ever before that she is part of a global public, is faced at every moment with an impossibly difficult, yet mundane, question: how do I live in the world? This question is always at the centre of our work.
In our performances, we collide disparate source materials to create collages of music, choreography, text and images. We sample and juxtapose things in unexpected ways. Sometimes our performances are loud, energetic and messy, and sometimes they are still, strange and beautiful. We make big theatrical gestures using limited resources. We want each of our shows to feel different to the last, and to challenge ourselves to imagine and make things for which we don’t yet have a roadmap.
We think of the audience as active agents in making meaning: the performance provides tools and materials, and the spectator builds the house. We believe that making and watching performance can provoke us (and by us, we mean both us and you) to feel more deeply, think more attentively, and do more decisively. We want our performances to linger in people’s memories. We value, above all, the liveness and specificity of an encounter with an audience.
Emergency Chorus was founded in 2017 whilst we were studying at university in the West Midlands, and we’re now based between London, Bristol and Coventry. We have made and toured two full length works which have been seen at venues including New Diorama, Theatr Clwyd, Warwick Arts Centre, Camden People’s Theatre and Lyric Hammersmith. We were a New Diorama Graduate Company for 2018-19, and were featured as one of The Guardian's '5 best young theatre companies' in 2018. We're also partnered with Staging Change, a theatre network encouraging sustainability in the arts.
We are: Clara Potter-Sweet and Ben Kulvichit (lead artists) , with associate artists Nat Norland (sound design + dramaturgy) and Ciara Shrager (lighting design + technical manager).