Memoir for Rivers and The Dictator

Concert or Performance

15 Mar 2019 to 17 Mar 2019

In Memoir For Rivers and the Dictator award-winning choreographer and performer Lilian Steiner explores the impact of human experience and the personal histories that store themselves within the body.

Through masterful movement and evocative sonic landscapes performed by dancer Lilian Steiner with Reuben Lewis on trumpet, Steiner utilises sound, language, colour and bodies in motion to lead audiences through memories of war and destruction, personal power, passion and human empathy.

Powerful and intense, Memoir For Rivers and the Dictator captures the dramatic scope of historical events and shifting subject positions—from the individual to the collective—with a compelling dynamism. The piece engages the body as archival document: absorbing wisdom, values and events, as well as being the key resource for connecting with and responding to the activities of the past.

Originally commissioned as part of the Keir Choreographic Award 2018, this is the world premiere of the full-length iteration of the work. Memoir for Rivers and The Dictator is part of a double bill with I Have Loved the Stars Too Fondly to Be Fearful of The Night. Tickets for this show enable entrance to both.

Presented by The Substation as part of Dance Massive 2019.


Disabled access available

Event Times

15 Mar 2019 to 17 Mar 2019

Once Only Event


The Substation

1 Market Street, Newport, 3015

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