Teenage Trilogy's Christine Devaney: 'The external pressures have changed, and the internet seems to be the biggest concern now'
- Kelly Apter
- 2 February 2018
An exhibition, dance performance and silent disco exploring the world teenagers live in today
Childhood may be a hazy memory for some, but most of us can well remember the highs and lows of being a teenager. And although life as an adolescent in 2018 is a world wide web away from those growing up in the past, some things remain constant – as choreographer Christine Devaney discovered during the creation of Curious Seed's new show, Teenage Trilogy.
'The external pressures have changed, and the internet seems to be the biggest concern now,' she says. 'But the things that we have to go through physically, mentally and emotionally, I don't think that changes. And when we spoke to people who are teenagers at the moment, we found that even with cultural differences, they talked about the same things we've always gone through.'
A work in three parts, comprising an art exhibition created by young people, a dance performance and silent disco, Teenage Trilogy was born out of conversations at home and abroad, including in Denmark and India.
'This isn't a documentary about being a teenager, this is us creating art in response to what teenagers have said, what they're worrying about, what they're busy with,' explains Devaney. 'It's also about us thinking back to when we were teenagers. The people we met in Denmark and India aren't in the show, as such, but their stories and reactions are.'
Performed by four professional dancers, plus two 'real teens' and two 'vintage teens', the centre piece of the show will be followed by a chance for everybody to get up and dance.
'One of the ways we've been getting people to talk about being a teenager is through music,' says Devaney. 'So we asked everyone to suggest a song from their own teenage years to add to our "Teenage Times" playlist on Spotify. Luke Sutherland has composed original music for the actual performance, but afterwards we'll be handing out headphones for the audience to dance to songs from different eras. We won't force people to join in, but I think it will be great fun.'
Tramway, Glasgow, Fri 9–Sun 11 Feb; Perth Theatre, Fri 16 & Sat 17 Feb.