Work Songs

Work Songs teaser trailer on Vimeo


Upcoming Performance:

8 March 2012

The Dangerologists will be performing an excerpt from Work Songs as part of Platform Zero, at the Zion Arts Centre, Hulme, Manchester. There will be a workshop on dance writing starting at 6:30, with the performance beginning at 7:15. FREE ENTRY.

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Work Songs

by Broderick Chow & Tom Wells {the dangerologists}

A love song to the mindless drudgery and hopeless alienation of office work. A dynamic mix of dance theatre and professional wrestling.

In a thoroughly average corporate office, Tom and Brody are risk analysts with a Sisyphean job; a inbox that never gets smaller. They work and fight and look forward to lunch. Then one day the good chair is taken away and all hell breaks loose.

Work Songs is a dance-theatre and physical comedy performance exploring concepts of labour, training, attention, effort and exhaustion. the dangerologists devise physical theatre around a process of intensive physical training and the working model of ‘rowdy play.’ Work Songs explores forced relationships formed on competition and close proximity. As the two guys compete for promotions and esteem, their conflict is physicalized in the most literal way as they wrestle for the company’s love. By investigating the concept of physical work through the office environment, the dangerologists explore concepts of masculinity, daily drudgery, and the possibility of fulfilling work in the new economy.

Broderick Chow is a Canadian performance maker now living in the UK. He spent 5 years as a stand-up comedian on the UK circuit, and his previous solo work has been a mix of monologue, movement and multimedia. He is a lecturer in the School of Arts at Brunel University, and a doctoral graduate of Central School of Speech & Drama.

Tom Wells is a physical performer whose work has encompassed a variety of forms both stage and screen and site specific. Tom is artistic director of B-Road Theatre Company, whose aim is to bring theatre to the rural heart of Lancashire.


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