Gerrard Martin's performance 'B' has to be the most profound, provocative and yet poignant exploration around queer black identity to date in the UK.
... it ambitiously explores themes of the self , otherness , idealism, faith, love and their intersectionality. It’s not often you get to be part of history in the making but this is exactly what we are witnessing here.
Mark Lawrence Banfield,
Terence Higgins Trust
Journey to Love performed by Alecsander Nilsson and
Gerrard Martin himself is a self-reflective journey through the trials of finding self-love. It is performed to a soundtrack provided live by Mike Scott-Harding.
The two dancers, at times, are dancing as one with flowing easy movements, and in the next moment they are involved in a violent tussle, gyrating, and grunting, pushing, pulling, and beating each other with the sheer energy of self-shaming. The story of the journey with oneself is told clearly and challenges the audience to look inside themselves and acknowledge their own journey. Martin uses the space as a canvas, ably making the stage feel vast and yet intimate in the same moments.
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Gerrard was a joy to work with. His ideas, absolute precision and skill working with singers was first class. He has style, flair and passion and our Rigoletto had a real edge of movement class from his choreography. Can't wait to work with him again.
(Director of Rigoletto, Longborough Opera & Artistic Director of Feelgood Theatre Productions)
There are also some wonderful skits of physical theatre as Kareem works closely with movement director Gerrard Martin
Grumpy Gay Critic
Iqbal Khan's joyous production works very well on the difficult platform of the QEH, and his supporting team of Ciaran Bagnall (design and lighting) and Gerrard Martin (choreography) have helped shape an exciting and moving evening of theatre...Pleasurable evening at the QEH.
In Gerrard Martin's 'D-Ilusion' sound, music and smart dance moves coalesce with energy and purpose. Praise for dancers Vanessa Abreu and Claire Talbot, and superb sound by Mike Scott-Harding. Best of the night: two women explore body image: complex and original, physical, intense, searching….
(ex Chief Executive, Arts Council England)
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