LEVIATHAN at Contact

Andrew Anderson
LEVIATHAN at Contact
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LEVIATHAN at Contact Theatre, Manchester 16 — 17 May 2017 Tickets from £10.00 — Book now

I recently visited Coventry Cathedral for the first time. Not only is it one of the most beautiful modernist buildings you’re ever likely to see – if you’ve never been you really should – but it is also a place with a powerful message: that reconciliation, rather than revenge, lights the path to peace.

It’s a message that captain Ahab, protagonist of Herman Melville’s magnum opus Moby Dick, would have done well to heed. Ahab had one of his legs bitten off by a great white whale during a previous voyage. But rather than forgiving and forgetting, Ahab becomes obsessed with wreaking revenge on the unfortunate beast – and, in the process, ends up destroying himself and his crew.

Now LEVIATHAN, a new work from choreographer James Wilton, takes Melville’s themes of revenge, mania and madness and turns them into an epic dance performance. On at Contact, the threatening stillness of the empty ocean and the frenzied movements of whaling are perfectly captured, as Ahab and his crew battle against the immovable might of nature.

Wilton’s style, which is extremely athletic and makes use of martial arts, is perfectly suited to this monstrous struggle. His previous show Last Man Standing was a breakout success, and LEVIATHAN is a strong follow up – a re-telling that adds an extra dimension to Melville’s classic.

LEVIATHAN at Contact Theatre, Manchester 16 — 17 May 2017 Tickets from £10.00 Book now

What's on at Contact Theatre

Pillock at Contact
Pillock at Contact

Pillock is an exciting new one-man show exploring neurodiversity, the challenges of gay dating and the vulnerabilities of an actor’s life.

Where to go near LEVIATHAN at Contact

Music venue
The Deaf Institute

The Deaf Institute is a vibrant gig venue and nightclub for which it is well worth taking a jaunt out of the Northern Quarter.

Catalog Bookshop

Find Peter and his Christiania cargo bike around All Saints Park, a hop, skip and a bunnyhop from Manchester Poetry Library.

Bar or Pub

Sandbar, just off Oxford Road in Manchester, is a well-loved watering hole, with a great selection of ales and some eccentric seating.

Johnny Roadhouse store
Johnny Roadhouse

Buffeted by fried chicken outlets, legendary musical instrument emporium Johnny Roadhouse has been serving the local music community for over 50 years.

Café or Coffee Shop
Eighth Day

Eighth Day is a co-operative shop that sells ethically-sourced food, wine and cosmetics. There’s also café that serves hearty, healthy meals in the basement.

Event venue
The Proud Place

Based in the heart of Manchester on Sidney Street, The Proud Place houses The Proud Trust and serves as a community hub for the wider LGBT+ population across Greater Manchester and beyond.

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