London/My Lover follows two people through the course of a day in the city — the day on which they meet and become lovers.
Mixing video and physical performance, Andy Lavender's new show for Lightwork takes a close look at the ordinary detail of a life-changing day. Screened images show the texture of London as we never normally see it. The movement score of the two performers throws everyday activity into sharp relief. And in a series of flashforwards, the lovers' intimate observation of each other is presented by way of live camerawork.
London/My Lover is about the city made flesh and the body as a place of discovery. Made in London, it is a homage to the beauty, the dirt — the sheer presence of a modern metropolis. And it savours the erotics of desire, in a visual realm where every detail counts.
The performers are David Annen (work with Katie Mitchell, Mike Alfreds and Polish ensemble, Gardzienice) and ex-Snarling Beastie, Lucy Richardson.
(Extract from the London International Mime Festival website)
Conceived by Andy Lavender and David Annen
Created by the company
Presented in association with the London International Mime Festival
ICA Theatre, London, 21-23 January 2002
David Annen - performance
Lucy Richardson - performance
Andy Lavender - direction
Vivienne Schadinsky - set and costume design
Detsky Forsyth-Graffam - video design
David Barlia - video co-design
Gregg Fisher - sound design and composition
Sarah Brown - lighting design
Caroline Salem - movement direction
Peter Maccoy - stage and production management
Alex Mermikides - assistant direction and vision mixing
Kate Coggins - vision mixing
Selena Kelly - camera operation
Rishi Trikha - camera operation
Stephan Hammes - graphic design