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“You can be born in a winning team, with good parents, that coach you, cheer for you. Or you can be born in a losing team: you might be good at playing the game but no one is there to explain the rules, to cheer for you.”
Director Renato Rocha and a cast of young artists — some of whom have experienced homelessness in London, while others have been street children in Tanzania, the Philippines and Brazil — used spoken word, sharp choreography and stunning visuals to shine a light on the global issue of youth homelessness. Taking inspiration from the double meaning of the title (the turf of a football pitch, and what it is to be turfed out of home), they transformed the industrial hangar of Hackney Downs Studios with intimate performances of passion,rebellion and hope.
This project saw LIFT, in partnership with Street Child World Cup, continue its relationship with Rocha and co-director Keziah Serreau, whose The Dark Side of Love — a radical revisioning of Shakespeare’s tragic love stories — was a hit in 2012.
Wonderful … beautiful … a dreamlike weave of athletic manoeuvres, expressionistic dance, folk song and popping beats…
★ ★ ★ ★
Co-commissioned by LIFT and Momentum Arts in partnership with Street Child World Cup. Supported by the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation and Arts Council England. Supported by Festivals in Transition — Global City Local City and the Culture Programme of the European Union.
Additional music by: “Ain’t got no/I got Life” Songwriters: Ragni, Gerome / Rado, James / Mac Dermot, Galt. “Turfed Sky poem” Songwriter and composer: Emer Dineen
Image: Ellie Kurttz