"exhilarating, occasionally jaw-droppingly bold and clever show" ★★★★★
"an edge as sharp as the swords she dances on" ★★★★
All Edinburgh Theatre:
"Mclean is a brilliant storyteller. Fierce and empowering" ★★★★
"Mclean delicately weaves spoken word, political commentary and personal anecdotes with beautiful, eruptive pockets of dance "
And is a tribute to every living creature on this earth.
To everything. Thank you.
And is a sacrifice to every emotion, even those we are yet to feel.
And is a homage to; the earth, the cosmos, the miniscule, the magic, the meaning, the moment, the moments before and all that's yet to come.
And is to feel, to fail, to experience, to share and to be.
And is then and was. And is here and now.
And is in between and something to believe in. And is hope.
And is the mothers and grandmothers who've danced before us, everyone we've ever known and the children we're yet to meet.
And is an auto-biographical performance about growing up as a woman, and explores culture, identity, nationality and politics.
Over the last five years, And has developed from a text message sent to a friend in 2017 to a full length performance. And began as a short poetic list Charlotte texted to her friend Jay. She felt desperate, discouraged and alone whilst studying in London. The next day, both Charlotte and Jay danced in the park. And began as a therapy, a way to survive, to express, to attempt to understand.
The text message was the original And list, which then transformed into her bachelors dissertation and performance. Charlotte explored the themes of physical and silent comedy in relation and comparison to contemporary dance. Since then, And has been in development from its initial performative iteration as a 10-minute solo for her graduation from The Place in 2017 into a full length production in September 2021, along the way reincarnating as many different forms, including a stand up comedy gig and acoustic concert.
During the lockdown in 2020, Charlotte was able to take some time away from And to reflect. This brought new inspiration for the solo from her lived experiences that year. Although, now with the introduction of darker, more unspoken themes such as miscarriage and abortion, the work is still hopeful and shares reflections on her ancestors, her future children and celebrates our mundane, bizarre, beautiful life on earth. Charlotte claims she will perform And for the rest of her life. It will transform and grow with her and may well be passed down to the next generation.
Concept, choreographer, performer: Charlotte Mclean
Movement, Performance and Vocal Collaborators: David Paul Jones, Jack Webb, Pat Kinevane, Solène Weinachter
Lighting Designer: Emma Jones
Costume Maker: Rosie Whiting
Creative Producer: Helen McIntosh
Production Manager: Fi Fraser
Lighting Supervisor: Andrew Gannon
PR and Marketing Manager: Joy Parkinson
Sound engineer: Julius Oppermann
COSMIC by Laura Lore
I belong by Dara Pacis
Made In Scotland Showcase, Creative Scotland, The Place, Dance Base, Dampfzentrale Bern, The Work Room and Citymoves
With thanks to:
Curious Seed, Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre