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Touch The Beast - Dora Frankel 


Jacksons Lane
269a Archway Road
N6 5AA


Running Time : 1 hour


Show Details

A curated evening of film, dance and discussion.


Touch the Beast is a dance film and performance which evokes a Gothic world through the (camera) lens of the 21st century, featuring a diverse charismatic cast including non-binary dancers caught in a moment of time. Sensual, strange, gender-fluid and inspired by the tales and poems of Edgar Allen Poe.


This production takes Poe's idea that the seeds of our own destruction lie in ourselves: so the 'Beast' is our guilt at our sexual orientation, our age, race, gender, looks and our past actions; the 'Beast' is also our own genitalia. The film and the performance works with this idea drawing inspiration from primarily The Cask of Amontillado, The Fall of the House of Usher and The Oval portrait.


Choreography: Dora Frankel and company
Dancers: Livia Massarelli, Giacomo Pini and Dora Frankel
Filmmaker: Andy Wood
Costumes: Kate Collins
Lighting Design: Kirk Sim


Join us as we offer you a glimpse into the world of the ‘Beast’ at the first screening of the film with dance and discussion.


Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

With thanks to Dance City Newcastle, Jacksons Lane, Curious Arts Newcastle, Northern Stage and Dr Martyn Hudson and the Creative and Cultural Management Masters team at Northumbria University






Ages 15+

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Venue Details

Jacksons Lane
269a Archway Road
N6 5AA

020 8341 4421

Jacksons Lane is a multi-arts venue in Highgate North London. Housed in a striking red-bricked gothic church conversion, the building is home to a 160 capacity theatre, a large scale dance and rehearsal studio a cafe and bar and four other multi-purpose spaces.
The venue has a rich history of innovative work including a wealth of experimental visual theatre companies, as well as a strong history in contemporary dance and circus.
 Jacksons Lane’s artistic vision is in the support of emerging and established artists working within the fields of contemporary circus and performance, and the production and presentation of exciting and innovative work. As such it is one of the UK’s leading producers of new small-mid scale circus, working across a range of strategic partnerships.
Jacksons Lane supports some 20 companies and artists every year, and offers valuable resources in the form of mentoring, technical support, promotion and production. It has a growing roster of Associate Artists who become advocates for ‘North London’s Creative Space’.
The annual Postcards Festival runs each Summer and showcases an exciting range of circus, cabaret and extraordinary performance, including shorts, solo work and new commissions.The building offers a range of spaces to facilitate the diverse disciplines within circus, whilst the height and depth of the award-winning theatre space offers support to such forms as aerial theatre, German Wheel and acrobatics.
Jacksons Lane’s artistic programme of performance and participation is far-reaching, inclusive and accessible whilst constantly seeking to develop, grow and break new ground.


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