Harlequin Hi-Shine for the production of ‘Feast’ at the Young Vic
Wednesday 20th February 2013
The Young Vic's production of Feast explores Yoruba culture through drama, music and dance, telling the story of its journey across four centuries and four continents. Directed by Rufus Norris (Cabaret, London Road) and penned by five writers, one from each of the countries featured in the story, we are taken on the journey of the slaves captured in Nigeria in the 1700s through Brazil, Cuba and the USA to London in 2013.
The story focuses on the fate of three sisters, Oya, Oshun and Yemaya, who are separated at a crossroads on their way to a feast. We follow their survival as spirits of courage, mischief and incredible resilience as they resurface in a new country in successive centuries; charting the ways Yoruba has influenced other cultures and societies.
The black Harlequin Hi-Shine
flooring reflects George Cespedes’ dazzling choreography and Lysander Ashton of 59 Productions’ beautifully fluid video projections.
Production Manager, Anthony Newton, explains, “The Harlequin Hi-Shine floor is incredibly durable and, with a bit of care and regular cleaning, has kept its glossy black shine. We hope to tour the production internationally next year, taking it on the journey that the story follows and I am confident that the current floor is up to that job”.
“We’re working with world-renowned dancers including Alexander Varona (Russell Maliphant Company) and Ira Mandela Siobhan (DV8) and they have loved it. It’s a great surface for them to work on and with Paule Constable’s beautiful lighting design, sensitive to its reflection, they look amazing”.