The Way You Look (At Me) Tonight

The Way You Look (at me) Tonight is a social sculpture – a sensory journey for two performers and an audience.

Dancing, singing, telling stories and asking questions, Claire Cunningham and Jess Curtis combine performance, original music and video to wrestle (sometimes literally) with important questions about our habits and practices of perceiving each other and the world.

The work is performed by leading UK disabled artist Claire Cunningham and international choreographer and performer Jess Curtis, who first introduced Cunningham to movement, in collaboration with Dr Alva Noë, a philosopher of perception at the University of California, Berkeley.

‘It’s been a week and I’m still musing on the collaborations between Curtis and Noë and between our dance field and the philosophy of mind.’ (Catharine Caraker, A Beast in a Jungle)

‘Here is where we start to get a glimpse of how philosophy and choreography really do work together. [They help us] imagine other possible ways of being and understanding.’ (Andy Horwitz, Culturebot)

Supported by Unlimited, with funding from Creative Scotland, co-commissioned by Tramway Glasgow; further supported by New England Foundation for the Arts, The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and San Francisco Arts Commission; Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., Kofinanzierungsfonds der Senatskanzlei für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, The Place, Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

For ages 14+


BSL Interpretation, Audio Description and Touch Tour On Tuesday 6 September the performance and the post-show talk are British Sign Language-interpreted. Audio Description is available for the performance on Wednesday 7 September – please ask at the Information Desk on Level 2 (Green Side) for details and equipment. A Touch Tour is also available on Wednesday 7 September – please meet at the Information Desk at 6pm.

Concessionary access tickets and specific seating requirements can be arranged through our free Access Scheme. To join the scheme or find out more, email [email protected] or call the Ticket Office on 020 7960 4200.

Post-show Talk The 7pm performance on Tuesday 6 September is followed by a post-show talk, which is BSL-interpreted and Speech-to-Text-transcribed. Free.

Tuesday 6 & Wednesday 7 September

Seating is on the stage and the choir stalls and is unreserved.

Listen to audio described information about the show here

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Royal Festival Hall


1 hour 30 minutes

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