Crying out for change at Messums

A BRILLIANT young dance theatre company brings two powerful dance and film events, exploring contemporary issues of social and cultural change, at Messums Wiltshire in the 700-year old Tisbury tithe barn.

Matsena Theatre Company will perform The Geometry of Fear in the barn on Saturday 5th September, followed by a screening of Error Code 8:46 on Saturday 19th September, both at 7pm.

Set within the country’s largest thatched building, this one off performance and film production is created in response to these challenging and creatively vital times. 

 The Geometry of Fear brings the audience together in front of Elisabeth Frink’s Studio, within the barn. A young artist, called Dre, wrestles with the demons of the past, before finding hope and reconnection through art and performance which then expands outwards down the length of the building.  

 The creative stimulus of this pioneering contemporary dance performance is a synthesis of the legacy and output of Frink and the repercussions of Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Error Code 8:46 combines the movement of dance, the immediacy of handheld cameras and the artistry of shooting on multiple locations. Composed in three acts and influenced by three distinct locations, the choreography addresses ideas of Humanity, Spirituality and Nature in an attempt to crush borders within the framework of a performance, both live and online, and also those between performer and audience. 

Matsena Performance Theatre is Antony and Kel Matsena, Zimbabwean born and Welsh raised brothers who tell stories that express themes of culture, race, change and belonging. They trained at London Contemporary Dance and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

They say: “Our dream as creatives is to continue to encourage people to have conversations about the difficulties we face in our society.”

For more details, visit the website, www.messumswiltshire.com