storage for future sunsets by Janine Harrington

Scottish Dance Theatre and V&A Dundee.

In this unique collaboration titled storage for future sunsets, Scottish Dance Theatre dancers inhabited the V&A Dundee exhibition space in a durational performance devised in collaboration with choreographer Janine Harrington.

Commissioned by V&A Dundee, storage for future sunsets explores ideas around the Hello, Robot exhibition and moves in relation to the environment offered by Up-Sticks, a wooden structure designed and constructed using computational strategies and robotic technologies by Gramazio Kohler Research and students of the MAS Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich.

Up-Sticks was inspired by the historic Scottish method of building and dismantling lightweight crofts and was built through innovative and collaborative human-robotic fabrication techniques. In her work with the dancers, Harrington worked playfully with questions about how humans are programmed in the form of memory-making and how we store our experiences and expertise. Loss of information, forgetting, problems of access, corruption and interference, embellishment, influence, strange deviation, unexpected and the obvious have all featured in the process which involves text, dance and song.

storage for future sunsets considers how we carry information within us and how dynamically this is engaged by others through our encounters. It is a work exploring how we learn and communicate through our language, movements, sound and touch; how we pass on information, how it’s received, learned, developed and evolved.

Premiered at V&A Dundee on 6th February 2020

Created by Janine Harrington in collaboration with the company

Costume Design Janine Harrington

Costume Assistance Cate Mackie, Lillias Chisolm, Matilda Bjärum

Rehearsal Director (Maternity Leave) Stephanie McMann

READ MORE about the creation process here!