DIG 21: Penny Chivas | Burnt Out

DIG 21: Penny Chivas | Burnt Out
Date 6th Oct 2021 7.30pm - 8.15pm Price £6 See age restrictions Location Online Book tickets
4 of 5 "The show emerges from the smoke as a moving meditation on Australia's attitude to the environment." -The Stage

Wednesday 6 October, 7.30pm to 8.10pm 
Ticketed Vimeo screening

Weaving spoken word and movement, we are taken through Australia's fiery history including Penny's own experiences. Embedded in sound is the Australian Black Summer; magpies that have learnt to mimic emergency sirens, shark sirens and helicopters circling overhead. 

With original music by Paul Michael Henry, interwoven with the delicately detailed lighting design of David Bowes, this is an autobiographical dance-theatre work from the daughter of an environmental geochemist, bringing together fact and personal account. 'Burnt Out' is at once an intimate personal story and a universal meditation on our changing climate.

This digital filmed version was made by Alan Paterson, and recorded in Tramway's T4 theatre.

Penny wishes to acknowledge the Ngunnawal people as the traditional custodians of the land involved in the work and to pay her respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders; past, present and future.

Audience notes
Deals with Bushfires and Climate Change
Contains siren-like sounds

Recommended for ages 14+

This film is Subtitled

Digital Filmed Version made in association with Dumfries & Galloway Dance and Scottish Dance Theatre.
Development supported by: The Work Room, Dance City, Dance Base, Tramway, Lyra, and the CCA.

Photo by Brian Hartley


Originally from Australia, Penny Chivas moved to Glasgow in 2010.
A co-founding director of @TheGlasgowJam with Tom Pritchard, Penny has provided platforms for the growth of Contact Improvisation in Scotland, alongside her teaching of the form both in the UK and overseas.

She is also a freelance performer and has worked on a variety of projects, including work by Ian Spink, Plan B, Scottish Opera, Christine Devaney, Lyra Theatre, Rosina Bonsu, Caroline Bowditch (Paragon Music Ensemble, Vanessa Grasse - Mesh and Stillmotion involving British and international touring. More recently her interests have evolved around addressing climate change through dance, including Small Dance for Climate, a weekly event (pre-covid) in pedestrian thoroughfares in Glasgow.

For a full biography and more information visit Penny's website>