feel the passion

Breathe is the first in a trilogy of White & Givan’s brave, experimental and ‘deeply intimate’ duets created and performed by Errol White and Davina Givan in collaboration with three international artists.

Breathe encapsulates the artistic duo professional relationship of the last 25 years, resulting in a work with remarkable depth and maturity. Breathe blends the disciplines of contemporary dance and theatre whilst exploring the theatricality of the human condition with the highly articulate and refined technique of the performers. Paying equal attention to the theatrical form and the dance vocabulary, focusing on the abstract in the characters, in the setting and in the narrative. White & Givan’s own choreography dubbed ‘tender and emotive’ brings a sense of kinaesthetic entanglement underpinning the hard-won trust between the two protagonists. The performers who at first appear as two distinct individuals, commanding their own areas of the stage, gradually leave their space to re-emerge as one with the mastery and agency of their own connectedness. Premiered at the Studio, Edinburgh Festival Theatre in Autumn 2014.

Choreography and performance: Errol White and Davina Givan

Lighting designer: Fabiana Piccoli

New music composition and sound designer: Tiago Cerqueira

Costume designer: Karisma Costumes