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Nighthawks

Nighthawks takes its title from an Edward Hopper painting. It is an exploration of more or less mythological territory – the world of American bars constructed in Hopper paintings and genre patterns from movies and literature.

In a silent, minimalist choreography (very much the style of the company’s early pieces), the piece explores sexual identity and our relationship to images from the media. A taped voiceover, first from a man and then from a woman, frames the action throughout. Drawing heavily on a cinematic aesthetic, the setting for the first half of the piece is a bar room, the walls of which open in the second half to reveal a motel room where the repetitive choreographed action continues to unfold.

Low quality single-camera performance documentation recorded at Sheffield University, Sheffield, 1986

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