“Dance goddess” Antonia Grove (twice nominated for Best Performer at National Dance Awards and a Time Out Award nominee) presents a solo show made in collaboration with Wendy Houstoun, internationally famed for her own solo work and collaborations with DV8.
Small Talk sees Grove embodying the personae of a series of American movie actresses whose words are fed to her through earphones. In a succession of staged attempts, Grove persistently tries to fulfil the chameleon’s desire to be all things to all people. Our sense of reality is distorted as she becomes increasingly illusive and unpredictable, and we witness her rollercoaster journey through states of control, being controlled and losing control.
Stand-up singing, sit down talking, monosyllabic dancing and fast talking movement, Small Talk is brave, compelling, funny and darkly disturbing.
‘Mesmerising … the complexity of her auditioning/performing/being real left me disorientated and exhilarated.’ Total Theatre
‘It is virtually impossible to take your eyes off Grove…this mistress of disguise will set your pulses racing.’ Bristol Culture
‘One of the most inspired endings I have seen for years.’ ★★★★ Fringe Guru