Rosie and Ildikó perform citizenship catwalks to live music, in a multilingual exploration of European identity.
In 2019, Zoo Indigo embarked on an odyssey across Europe; searching for cultural identity along the shores of the Danube in Budapest; crossing the Irish sea, retracing ancestral footsteps to the docks of Dún Laoghaire. Emerging from the shadows of Brexit, they listened for echoes of belonging in the streets of Berlin.
Collecting memories, dances and lyrics along the way, their journey now brings them to their final call: Auditioning for a motherland. In Don’t Leave Me This Way, the duo desperately perform their lost European identity, accompanied by live music from Rob Rosa and digital projections by Barret Hodgson.
The performance is a humorous and provocative exploration of cultural heritage, as the performers grieve the loss of identity, home, and mourn ‘nul points’ in the Eurovision song contest.
Zoo Indigo are a Nottingham based Anglo-German performance duo. The company’s performances playfully challenge perceptions of gender, cultural identity and migration. Ridiculous, surreal and deadly serious, their work blends bilingual text, movement, innovative projection mapping and live music. Alongside their theatre-based practice they have devised site-specific work, street interventions, performance installations, films and performance lectures that have toured regionally, nationally and internationally.
Previous works include the critically acclaimed No Woman’s Land, which physically retraced the journey of Ildikó’s grandmother, who after being violently expelled from her place of birth in 1945 walked 220 miles through Europe, dragging her two small children and all her belongings in a cart. The Zoo Indigo duo re-walked this journey in 2015, and created a Weimar Cabaret inspired performance, fusing projection mapping, movement theatre and original songs and live music, while continuously walking on treadmills.
"Garton and Rippel present a dazzling array of comedic talents and charm, No Woman’s Land is visually striking, dreamlike and dazzling, a story with a heart of darkness." **** East Midlands Theatre Review.
Press & Reviews
The Reviews Hub, 3.5 stars: “As Brexit looms once more, this is a production that celebrates how European we all are, not only genetically but in the broadest cultural sense, as freedom of movement brought people as well as literature, popular culture and music across borders.”
The Upcoming: “Not only does the production challenge culture and prejudice, but it also touches upon gender, and a deep sense on what it means to belong.”
North West End UK: “Intriguing and heartfelt. Zoo Indigo succeeds in bringing an avant garde and unique air to a subject that is relevant and always penetrates our social fabric. It gives food for thought and raises important questions around identity.”
Audience Member, Voila! Europe 2020: “What a poignant experience. I watched it with laughter and some sadness. Wogan and mortality all on a Friday night. Wow.”
Michaela Butter, Director of Attenborough Arts Centre: “Blown away by Zoo Indigo's new theatre piece Brilliant performance by two of the most charismatic performers we have in the region. Complex, thought provoking, chilling and celebratory in equal measure about the legacy of our mixed heritages, and how prejudice, and nationalism impact on our lives”.
Cast & Creative Team Produced and presented by Zoo Indigo
Performers: Rosie Garton and Ildikó Rippel
Music: Rob Rosa
Multimedia: Barret Hodgson
Lighting design: Alyssa Watts/Ben Hughes
Dramaturgy: Sarah Thom, Gobsquad
Scenography: Tom Williams Bespoke Carpentry