«[ …] Ellen Furey and Malik Nadhad Sharpe are mesmerizing in this crazy quilt of bold ideas, wild dancing, colourful costume changes, broadly diverse musical tunes and infinite imagination.
During 55 minutes, these energetic dancers guid us through a weird yet wonderful performance.
– Jacqueline van de Geer, Westmount mag (Montréal)
High Bed Lower Castle
Heaven and Earth
True to its title, High Bed Lower Castle inverts perspectives. It’s a true false tale of giant beds and tiny castles that mixes archetypal characters, dances in varying registers, spoken words and songs, visibly invisible actions—in short, a work of infinite imagination. Welcome to this bountiful world. Leave your expectations behind. Project yourself into it!
Ellen Furey is a Canadian based in Montreal, Malik Nashad Sharpe a U.S. citizen based in London. Nothing in their respective geographies and histories, their compositions and artistic practices, suggests that these two artists were meant to collaborate. However, according to them, there are no coincidences. Their collaboration has pushed them to not only cultivate their fascination with the fantastic and bold dreams, but also to put their shared interest in difference at the heart of their work. (Source: FTA 2022)
Co-creators and performers Ellen Furey (CA) + Malik Nashad Sharpe (UK/USA)
Lights Paul Chambers
Sound design Christopher Willis
Outside Eye Hanako Hoshimi-Caines + Dana Michel
Costume design Malik Nashad Sharpe
Set design Fruzsina Lanyi
Rehearsal director Sophie Corriveau
Technical director Seoyoung Park
Production Ellen Furey + Malik Nashad Sharpe
Executive Producer DLD - Daniel Léveillé Danse
Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques + Centre Chorégraphique national de Caen enNormandie, dans le cadre de l’Accueil-
Studio/ Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (France) + Dance4 (Nottingham) + La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines + Gessnerallee (Zurich) + Impulstanz (Vienne)
Creative Residencies Gessnerallee (Zurich) + Dance4 (Nottingham) + Impulstanz (Vienne) + MAI-montréal, arts interculturels + CLOUD/Danslab (The Hague La Haye) + Centre Chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie, dans le cadre de l’Accueil-Studio/Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (France) + La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines
Support Arts Council England
Development DLD - Daniel Léveillé Danse
Created in 2022