A razed forest, a cluster of blooming mushrooms, and two people journeying towards the horizon. One foot in front of the other.
As of 2018, The Doomsday Clock is the closest it’s ever been to midnight. In an age of climate change and nuclear anxiety, we like to tell stories about apocalypse, disaster, endings. This isn’t quite one of those stories.
Combining text, choreography and music, Landscape (1989) is a slow zoom in on an Oregon National Park and the people passing through. Following their award-winning debut show CELEBRATION, Emergency Chorus present a meditation on forgotten histories and lost futures, asking what we do when there’s nowhere left to go.
Emergency Chorus make live performance which engages with the contemporary moment with energy and playfulness. We often collide disparate source materials to make theatrical collages, placing atmosphere above story. We address big questions in intimate ways. We like loud music, costume changes and getting sweaty.
Our debut show CELEBRATION was selected for the National Student Drama Festival 2017, where it won the Sunday Times Playwriting Award, the Fest-goers’ Award and the Freckle Productions Award. Over 2017 and 2018, CELEBRATION was also performed at Incoming Festival, Theatr Clywd, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (ZOO Venues), New Diorama, Warwick Arts Centre, and the Lyric Hammersmith.
We are a New Diorama Emerging Graduate Company for 2018-2019. Landscape (1989) was also recently shortlisted for their Untapped Award (then titled The End).
The team consists of Ben Kulvichit and Clara Potter-Sweet, devisers and performers, with producer Emily Davis, composer Nat Norland and lighting designer Ciara Shrager. We are based between London, Bristol and Somerset.
Created and performed by Ben Kulvichit and Clara Potter-Sweet
Producer Emily Davis
Lighting Designer Ciara Shrager
Sound Designer/ Dramaturg Nat Norland
Publicity Image Greta Bendinelli
The Guardian: "Beguiling and enchanting work... 5 of the UK's best young theatre companies"
Winner of the Sunday Times Playwriting Award and the NSDF Festgoer's Award.
Praise for previous work:
Alice Saville, Exeunt. “A gawky evocation of the present moment... I want to see what comes next.”
Anna Winter, The Stage (* * * *) “A touching and thought-provoking theatrical gift”
“I completely adored @emergencychorus Celebration @newdiorama. Most exciting company debut I've seen in ages.” Chris Goode, Theatre Maker
“Celebration by @emergencychorus is the perfect show for the prepocalypse: funny, frightening & fragile with hope.” Jonathan Wakeham, Trustee, Camden People’s Theatre
“Just saw my final show of the fringe: Celebration by @emergencychorus – a company with real promise and presence. A lovely note to end on.” Natasha Tripney, Reviews Editor, The Stage