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Detective Work is a new duet, choreographed by Seke Chimutengwende in collaboration with Stephanie McMann, which explores choreography as a process of creating and solving mysteries.

The performance is a web of fragmented scenes and dances that occur and reoccur in ever-changing permutations. Working in counterpoint to one another, the performers come at the material from every angle, rearranging the evidence in different configurations.

Detective Work channels the relationship between mystery and multiplicity – the sense that there are many possible outcomes to any single process. Shifting between the absurd, the melancholic and the uncanny, the show invites us into a place of constant questioning that ultimately feels hopeful. In this moment of great uncertainty, Detective Work looks to mystery as an antidote to despair.

Images from Detective Work performed at Siobhan Davies Studios, November 2021
Photos by Hugo Glendinning 

Choreography: Seke Chimutengwende, in collaboration with Stephanie McMann
Performance: Seke Chimutengwende & Stephanie McMann
Lighting Designer: Jackie Shemesh
Costume Designer: Annie Pender
Composer: Jamie McCarthy
Rehearsal Director: Helena Webb
Dramaturg: Charlie Ashwell
Commissioned by NEUROLIVE 

Full programme

Reviews of Detective Work:
Exeunt Magazine 
Smaller Temples

A European Research Council funded project