Two Destination Language to Launch NEAR GONE Tour at Warwick Arts Centre, 15-16 Jan

Near Gone, by award-winning Two Destination Language, is showing at eight venues this spring, kicking off the season at Warwick Arts Centre on 15-16 January.

Near Gone takes place on a bare stage with two performers and hundreds of fresh carnations.

The piece was awarded the Pulse Ipswich Suitcase Prize in May, following a day of shortlisted performances at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.

The duo tell a true story about a young girl's brush with death, which gradually reveals their own relationship. Over the one-hour show, their efforts to explain are interspersed with furious dances to pounding Eastern European gypsy music, and it is only the resulting exhaustion that lets them reach their end.

The story, told in Bulgarian and English, spins audiences' emotional responses leaving everyone questioning the fragility of life.

Audiences at autumn performances have called the show "a reminder that even in our darkest times there is hope", "immensely powerful and life-enhancing", "quite profound, disturbing, tragic and beautiful" and "kinda perfect."

Two Destination Language worked with renowned choreographer Charlotte Vincent, who was dramaturg and provided additional direction on the project. Tim Blazdell from the National Theatre was sound designer for the work, which was supported by a residency in The Creation Space at The Point Eastleigh where Two Destination Language are Associate Artists.

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