“ I love watching people; their quirks and idiosyncrasies, and the way they function in different social scenarios. So I wanted to make a piece which is largely about social dynamics – exploring the relationships between people and how they behave when they are in a group compared to how they behave when they are on their own. What makes people form a group or a particular connection with someone? What ostracises people from a group and how does this affect their behaviour?
“ I was also inspired by the variety and expressions of the characters and communities you see in old 17th and 18th century oil paintings and encouraged the dancers to create their own characters for the piece based on some of these oil paintings.
“ I wanted to create a surreal-yet-familiar community for the characters in the piece to exist in – pushing the fine line between fantasy and reality; a world which is not immediately identifiable or recognisable, yet which we can all relate to on some level.”