Hold Everything Dear has at its heart ideas of migration and dislocation. It is an attempt to convey something about leaving, arriving, letting go, holding close, holding dear – an attempt to say something about being forever in transit or in a state of waiting.
Among the many images, pieces of music, writing, conversations and objects that were sources of inspiration was John Berger’s Hold Everything Dear, a book that takes its title from a poem by Gareth Evans, written for Berger.’ – Laila Diallo
‘Every day people follow signs pointing to some place which is not their home but a chosen destination. Road signs, airport embarkment signs, terminal signs. Some are making their journeys for pleasure, others for business, many out of loss or despair. On arrival they come to realise they are not in the place indicated by the signs they followed. Where they now find themselves has the correct latitude, longitude, local time, currency, yet it does not have the specific gravity of the destination they chose.’
– John Berger, Hold Everything Dear
Choreography: Laïla Diallo with the performers (including original cast members Gabi Froden and Grigory Tsyganov)
Gabi is also part of Foreign Slippers
Performance: Seke Chimutengwende, Theo Clinkard, Laïla Diallo, Phil King, Helka Kaski, Jules Maxwell, Letty Mitchell and Semay Wu.
Original Music: Jules Maxwell
Lighting Design: Guy Hoare
Costume Design: Theo Clinkard
Dramaturgy: Chris Fogg
Production Manager: Chris Copland
Technician: David Tiernan
Originally commissioned and produced by ROH2 at the Royal Opera House – March 2012
Co-production Le Phare, Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre/Haute Normandie (creation during residency period) – April/May 2013