Keira Martin, an independent dance artist, is making a long overdue return to Bristol in November. She is based in Leeds and is a contemporary Irish aerial dancer as well as a “choreographer, collaborator, performer, director, facilitator, movement director, curator, mother…with a passion for social justice”. Keira is inspired and influenced by heritage, her working class upbringing, politics, Ireland, identity and music.
Here Comes Trouble is the story of a woman on a journey, struggling to find an identity and belonging. “It reflects questions I have been asked all of my life – things I naively accepted as a child but I later figured out” Keira says. “I am from Barnsley, with Irish heritage, with really curly hair, and people often thought I was from the Caribbean”. Those reflections take the audience on a path through some arresting childhood memories, as well as social and cultural influences from Yorkshire, Ireland and Jamaica. “The piece is very heavy in ancestors and the women that came before me. I try to celebrate our individuality but also find what’s familiar and what we share”.
The performance includes singing, storytelling and spoken word. “I am a performance artist and dance is just part of my paint pot. Here Comes Trouble includes songs that my mum taught me and some traditional step dance, but also my own rhythms and contemporary movement – it’s not really of one category, it’s just very emotive”.
It is directed by Charlotte Vincent, who helped Keira find her voice, with a score by Jamie Roberts, who is from the same street as Keira in Barnsley, with equally curly hair.
Here Comes Trouble is at Bristol Old Vic’s Weston Studio, November 24 2019 at 8pm