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Sun 5 May  |  7:30pm | Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Central Library

The Beginning

by Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas

Place of Origin: France / England

FESTIVAL FRAGMENTS - THE BEGINNING ©Marie CharbonnierPA210320 (1).jpg


The Beginning is an alternative dance piece of beginnings: beginnings of shows, beginnings of relationships, beginnings of difficult moments…

Bert and Nasi explore and muse on the different ways they can or could have started their shows and lives working together. Touching on all the joys, difficulties, excitement and exhaustion that comes with beginning again and again.

As a part of the show, they work with a chorus of 15 non-professional participants, all aged 60 and over. They watch the two dance. They dance simple movements with them. Serving as a gentle reminder that beginnings don’t stop with age and that we can always choose when and how we want to begin.

The piece is a life affirming, surreal meditation on life and relationships. Guiding the audience to a place of emotion and heart with neither performer, audience, or participants knowing exactly how they got there.

Artist biographies

Bertrand and Nasi are two performance makers who met in 2015. Devising projects in an age of austerity, their work is stripped right back and sits somewhere between live art and dance, but if you held them against a wall they would probably say it's theatre.

They received the Forced Entertainment Award in 2020. They have created seven shows that have toured the world in prestigious festivals such as the

Adelaide Festival, MiTsp, PuSh and Avignon Festival

Artist website


Created and performed by: Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas with 15 participants

Choreographer: Laura Dannequin

Lights: Alex Fernandes

Sound: Ben Osborn

Outside eye: Tim Etchells

Technical Manager: Enrico Aurigemma

Executive Producer: Chris Williams

Tour Coordinator: Khénory Sok

Photographer: Marie Charbonnier

Date & Time: Sun 5 May at 7:30pm
Duration: 1 hour
Age guidance: 14+
Tickets: £12-£8


Caedmon Hall
Gateshead Library 
Prince Consort Road

Further Ticket information

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