Stranger Danger is a new piece of work that examines the way we treat unknown people on a cultural and personal level. It asks what it is that drives people to unite over common (perceived) enemies to the point where we end up with organisations like the EDL and how the psychology of individualism feeds into modern day, Western tribalism. It will examine the various ways prejudice is transmitted as well as exploring the loneliness epidemic, Empathy Fatigue and the threat of the sentient robot or alien in sci-fi. It will comment on the psychology of borders, xenophobia and elitism, presenting and dissecting grotesque stereotypes of ‘self-made’ men and aggressive racist nationalists (among others).
When finished, it will take the form of a play-length piece of poetic verse that will be sung, spoken and punctuated with choreographed movement. It will have an aesthetic that is somewhere between Punk and Cabaret Voltaire, with Dadaist masks and costumes.
The intention is to develop the work so that it can be delivered both as a solo piece and as an ensemble, with a group of dancers / speakers who move in unison and punctuate the text throughout.
Work in Progress / Scratch Dates TBA.
Image by James Millar