Underdrome: new 360-degree Darren Johnston Production at London’s Roundhouse

‘Underdrome’ is a new immersive production from choreographer Darren Johnston that takes place from May 22-24 at the Roundhouse in London. A 360 degree experience combining dance, voices, music and video to generate a sense of presence into the space of representation.

Underdrome has been created specially for the Roundhouse, in response to its architecture and heritage. As well as 30 dancers and a 100-strong choir, it brings together artists at the forefront of their field, including visual artist/animator (and Autechre/Leila collaborator) Michael England, plus set designers Block 9. The production also features an integrated soundtrack mixed live by Zan Lyons, juxtaposing classic material from Warp Records artists alongside other electronic musicians – Vladislav Delay, Murcof and Seaming – and specially commissioned new pieces. The soundtrack is devised and performed in collaboration with the London Contemporary Orchestra.

In addition to Underdrome, Johnston has created another new work called Ousia – which promises to “blend innovative projection technology with Victorian illusion”. Ousia is free and viewable in The Dorfman Hub, beneath the Roundhouse’s Main Space.

Roundhouse artist-in-residence, Darren Johnston, is a choreographer, performer and sound/video artist whose distinct, innovative productions have won awards and recognition across Europe and beyond. In 2003 he created, directed and performed in Silicon Sensorium at the South Bank Centre, which featured an original sound score by Squarepusher. And in 2005 he choreographed the Aphex Twin/Chris Cunningham gig at the Traffic Festival in Turin.

Show Dates and Tickets here

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