Two soldiers serve in wars, 100 years and more than 3,000 miles apart: the Belgian battlefields of the Great War and the streets of present day Afghanistan.
The very different experiences of the two are brought together for a stunning and moving aerial dance performance at The Point, Eastleigh in November.
From the trenches of World War I to the streets of present-day Afghanistan, the impact of war on the lives of ordinary men and women is powerfully told through beautifully crafted choreography – both on the stage and in the air.
Lindsey Butcher, artistic director of aerial dance company Gravity & Levity has collaborated with acclaimed choreographer Darshan Singh Bhuller and long-time BBC war reporter David Loyn for Rites of War, resulting in a rich tapestry of striking imagery that will leave indelible marks on the mind.
Rites of War also brings together an impressive team of creative collaborators and advisors including The Imperial War Museum to create a visceral and emotive production for audiences reflecting on how war shapes all of our lives.
Rites of War is on at The Point, Eastleigh on November 14 and 15 at 7.30pm and is performed on a six metre high climbing wall with a cast of six aerialists and dancers who combine their rich visual language with music, film projections and news commentary to reveal the ugly truths and unexpected beauty of living and loving through conflicts, then and now.
Tickets are £12 and £10 for concessions and can be booked by visiting www.thepointeastleigh.co.uk or by calling the box office on 023 8065 2333.