ClusterFlux Collective is a London-based theatre company made up of neurodivergent artists, members of the LGBTQ+ community and theatre makers of Middle Eastern heritage. Weaving together the personal and the political, the infinite and the intimate, we use live sound production, physical choreographies, song and original text to examine how live performance can be a space for reconnection.
‘ClusterFlux are a new company alert to the important stories of our time. Fearless, heart-felt and entertaining all at once’
- Jack Lowe (Artistic Director of Curious Directective)
To date, our work has been supported by NDT Broadgate, CPT and Tramshed. We have been awarded Curious Directive’s Hypothesis Retreat, LPS’s Seeding Space and Artsdepot's Residency.
PLEASE LEAVE (a message)
A multimedia performance exploring the impending climate crisis. ClusterFlux use karaoke, personal story-telling and choreographed dance sequences to examine the role communication, messages and storytelling can play in addressing the realities of ecological disaster. This performance encapsulates the joy of living in the moment, our fears for an uncertain future and our complex relationship to the past.
All performances integrate creative capioning.
‘A brave and exciting new collective with big, smart thinking going into all their work. Please Leave (a message) is slick, contemporary and formally bold, with a real knack for getting under the skin. I can't wait to keep watching.’ -Sam Ward (YESYESNONO)
'this curious mix of comedy, karaoke and performance art continues to grip the audience.'
★★★★ - Review Hub
PLEASE LEAVE (a message) enjoyed sold-out runs at Camden People’s Theatre (Jan 2022), Tramshed (March 2022) and The Pleasance (May 2022).
SEEDING SPACE RESIDENCY BLOGPOST
A dripping tap. A flickering light. The sound of someone munching crisps. Clutter. The ping of a notification.
Clusterflux are distracted. But what are we distracted from? Is the work we're making our object of focus, routinely interrupted by everyday life? Or is it the opposite, is our practice as a theatre company a welcome distraction from the reality of the world, from the neccesity of paid labour?
According to our research, distraction is the default of the brain. Survival instincts mean that we are hardwired to notice noise, to look towards moving light. But our focus is a limited resource, our attention a commodity that's very much in demand.
We live in a neoliberal society where progress is measured by productivity, where minutes are monetised and our value amounts to our utility. But what happens when we let the mind wander? Clusterflux are preparing to slip through the gaps of production. To embrace distraction as a tool for performance making, and idleness as an acquired state.
Over the next two weeks, we will be investigating interruptions, disruptions, deviations and distractions. We have a feeling, a sneaking suspicion, that it's in these gaps of production, in the daydreams, the doodles, the water cooler conversations - where the magic really happens.