Following performances in Brooklyn, NYC, theatre makers Baba Israel, Leo Kay and YAKO 440 return to the UK with The Spinning Wheel, their multi-media performance exploring the vibrant life of Baba’s father Steve Ben Israel; the New York-based poet, jazz musician, counter cultural activist, stand-up comedian and core member of the iconic performance collective The Living Theatre.

Directed by interdisciplinary artist Leo Kay, The Spinning Wheel seamlessly blends the talents of a host of internationally renowned artists, in an innovative collaboration across spoken word, music, live art and animation.

Striking imagery from award-winning artist Eric Drooker, whose artwork has featured frequently on the cover of The New Yorker, features alongside original music composed by Hip Hop artist YAKO 440 and experimental visuals from Albino Mosquito’s Richard Ramchurn.

From the politically charged, hopeful energy of the 60s revolution to the social media storm of 21st Century’s #BlackLivesMatter, The Spinning Wheel reflects on how political movements of the past have morphed into today’s grass roots political activism.

Drawn from Steve Ben’s extensive creative archive, conversations with his collaborators and research into his favourite haunts, the work explores the resonance of his unique generosity in art, life and pacifist, anarchist politics.

Image © Joel Chester Fildes

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