Flight Paths

A multi-media production inspired by blind female performers of medieval Japan

Flight Paths showcases the incredible skills of four visually impaired artists as they explore stories of migration to the UK, both physically and verbally.

In this collaboration with Yellow Earth and Extant, the performers move between tradition and modernity, weaving together personal stories of blind artists from Japan, Nigeria and the USA.

Flight Paths combines movement, music, narrative and creative audio description using new sound technology.

In August 2020, the stage production was brought to life on screen for a new digital retelling, commissioned by The Space. With a Goze as your guide and narrator, create and navigate your own pathway through the story. Experience here

“For those blind or partially sighted, this aims to offer a richer than usual experience. In doing so, it also gives the whole audience an unusual and entertaining presentation of international talent.” British Theatre Guide

“Through the aerial and movement work by Victoria Amedume, we get another dramatic tone that literally lifts us up into another world. Flight Paths is a moving work of theatre art that keeps on resonating long after the final departure of the performers.” East Midlands Theatre

Cast and creative

Co-directors Maria Oshodi & Kumiko Mendl

Writer Glen Neath

Cast Amelia Cavallo & Sarah Houbolt with Takashi Kikuchi & Victoria Oruwari and Meg Kubota as ‘The Voice’

Movement and Aerial Choreography Vicki Amedume

Sound Thor McIntyre-Burnie

Audio Technologist Tarim

Designer Becky Minto

Projections Terry Braun

Lighting Nao Nagai

Assistant Director Julie Osman

Production Manager Stacey Choudbury-Potter

Stage Manager Beatrice Galloway

AV programmer Libby Ward

Lighting Operator Steve Lowe

Awarded Best Choreography/Movement by Scenesaver’s Birthday Honour Awards 2021.