Return to the Labyrinth has received funding from Arts Council England. A party spectacle for Durham Brass 2019, Mr Wilsons will be supported to artistically develop this new commissioned outdoor show and are delighted to be working alongside our favourite freelance producer, Kate Reynolds.
Collaborating with experimental performance artist and musician Nwando Ebizie and award winning lighting designer Laura Bayliss, Mr. Wilson’s Second Liners invite audiences on a brassy, nostalgic trip to revisit the rush of old school raving and to pay homage to those diehard days of dance. Return to the Labyrinth is an adrenalin-fuelled dusk expedition, audaciously disruptive and exhilaratingly secretive. Like the authority-evading ravers of the 90s, ticket holders will only receive confirmation of the party location in the hours running up to the show. Interacting with social media, they must then navigate to their way through the urban landscape to an unlikely, secret site for an exclusive party experience. With live music, visceral dance and atmospheric lighting, Return to the Labyrinth is a rose-tinted flashback to a lost euphoric era, empowering audiences to make new connections to dance anthems and to share them with the next generation.
Artistic Director Sonya Moorhead comments, “The 90’s were seminal for dance and electronic music across Europe and inspired a generation of would-be DJ’s, musicians and ravers. The disused warehouses and open fields were a hot bed of communal dance experiences, fuelled by a hungry, dynamic and radical youth culture. In a time before iPhones, trending and whatsapp, young people mobilized in their thousands, spontaneously congregating to dance and make memories. With this show, Mr Wilson’s celebrate the truly joyful intention of those early free parties and we can’t wait to share something really special and unique with Durham Brass audiences.”
Festival Director Paul Gudgin adds, “Mr Wilson’s have been one of the most consistently popular and dynamic bands at the BRASS Festival. This commission gives us an opportunity to take their relationship with our audience to a whole new level!“
The band has played Durham Brass for 3 years and consider it to be one of the highlights of their annual calendar. They are programmed as part of ‘The Big Brass Bash’ and ‘Streets Of Brass’. We are also looking forward to touring ‘Return to the Labyrinth’ to other festivals across Europe, bringing this amazing collaboration to wider international audiences.