21st Century Clogs, a music-theatre extravaganza, combining live electronics, recorders and vocals with new ways of clog dance, is to be performed in Belper this week.
Since growing up in Kilburn, steeped in a tradition of folk dancing and recorder playing, Sarah Jeffery has been studying new music and theatre in Amsterdam. Alongside Felipe Ignacio Noriega, a prize-winning composer and electronics artist, they have taken inspiration from their cultural roots and created a set of unique performances using instruments, voices and computers.
21st Century Clogs visits the mills and factories of Derbyshire that launched the industrial revolution; cotton mills like those where clog dance originated. Using wireless technology and tiny hidden speakers, every nook and cranny of the mill becomes part of the performance, taking you on a journey through industrial history, absurd cabaret, rebellious robots and mashed-up folk.
There is a performance at Strutt’s North Mill, on November 25, at 7.30pm. The full programme will be performed around the mill. Tickets are £6, including a hot seasonal beverage. Reserve a ticket at firstname.lastname@example.org