Deep within a dense and overpopulated city centre, four characters find refuge in a long-forgotten backstreet named Cape Alley. Each night the group meet to create their own blissfully carefree world, turning Cape Alley into a gritty vaudeville that illuminates in a whirlwind of limbs, rhythmic rituals and playful sparring. The four begin to live on the fringe of delirium, as lines between reality and fantasy start to dissolve they find themselves in an illusory trap of their own making.
Designed for outdoor and non-formal spaces, Cape Alley is an exhilarating display of imaginative character driven storytelling and breath-taking dance – All accompanied by a heart pounding soundscape which spans from Eddie & the Showmen to Nick Cave.
“Cape Alley showcases Sam Amos’s very distinct creative voice and the talents of his exceptionally versatile dance company – it is a mesmerizing, innovative and highly entertaining new work.”
- Marie McCluskey, Swindon Dance
“Cape Alley kept the whole audience spell bound, young and old alike.”
– Audience Member, Dance Village, Bristol Harbour Festival
“I was blown away by their energy, skill and sheer exuberance.”
– Audience Member, Out There Festival
Cape Alley has recently been presented at Bristol Harbour Festival, Vivacity | Peterborough, Greenbelt Festival, Agitart Festival | Spain, Pavilion Dance South West, SALT | Dance Republic 2, SummerDance | TripSpace, and Out There Festival | Great Yarmouth.
Created | 2015
Duration | 22 Minutes
Choreography | Sam Amos
Performance | Sam Amos, Alex Rowland, Lewis Wilkins, Hugh Stanier
Music | George S Clinton, Eddie & the Showmen, Silencio
Type | Outdoor/Indoor/Site Adaptive
Cape Alley was commissioned by Dance Village at Bristol Harbour Festival, Pavillion Dance South West & Vivacity. Supported by Arts Council England and developed through Breakin' Conventions Back to the Lab at Sadlers Wells.