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The Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 forms a huge influence on major new dance work Contagion, which comes to St Gabriel’s Church Hall in Sunderland on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th October. Acclaimed and highly-respected Shobana Jeyasingh Dance will perform the new show which focuses on the pandemic which killed more people than the First World War.

Killing more than 50 million people, the Spanish Flu outbreak was exacerbated by troop and civilian migration, claiming within that more than 100 Wearsiders a week at its height. The new show is set to capture the impact of this as part of the Sunderland Stages programme, inspired by the spread of the virus. With a soundtrack that illuminates an engaging atmosphere, eight female dancers have their bodies twisted and contorted to explore the limits of the body, and the resilience it can offer up as well as a tender vulnerability that was hit on by the pandemic.

A unique Instagram art project, Spanish Flu Now, serves as a companion piece, and you can read about the inspirations on two of the artists involved here and here.

Contagion is at St Gabriel’s Church Hall, Sunderland on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th October.

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