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This is Broken Folk

This is Broken Folk

By Lunatraktors

Using techniques from body percussion, tap dance, overtone singing and physical theatre, performance duo Lunatraktors explore a set of British, Irish and Australian ballads to rediscover folk music as a queer space of personal and political transformation.

Weaving the tragedy and comedy of these traditional tales with hypnotic acoustic percussion and harmonies, Lunatraktors create a genre-defying, “spellbinding” performance on the borders of music, theatre and live art.

Combining the percussive and choreographic talents of Carli Jefferson with the four-octave range and haunting overtones of trans folk singer Clair Le Couteur, Lunatraktors use the basic ingredients of body and voice to conjure up expansive, unexpected spaces.

Lunatraktors strip folk down and rebuild it with influences from clowning, cabaret, art punk, flamenco and trip-hop. The tales they unearth of bravery in the face of forced migration, political unrest, and abuse of authority find particular resonances today.


Making Waves is a brand-new initiative brought to you by UK Arts International and Looping The Loop.

An exciting weekend of Theatre, Dance and Live Performance, Making Waves is the perfect marketplace for local new work to be presented to a National platform.

Showcasing the region’s best theatre, dance, comedy, cabaret and music, Making Waves offers everyone involved in creating live performance in North and East Kent, the opportunity to present their work to an audience of industry professionals with a view to extending networks and developing performance opportunities – all underpinned by a professional development day led by Charlotte Jones, director of the Independent Theatre Council.

So whether you are a producer, venue manager, festival director, programmer, booker, agent or simply an arts professional wanting to network with industry peers, Making Waves is a chance to explore the wealth of creative talent based in the area through full length productions, a showcase of excerpts, and a pitch event for ‘ready to go’ work, as well as opportunities to network with all the participating artists.

Taking place over the weekend of 27th – 29th September, Making Waves is part of Margate Now and takes place as the Turner Prize exhibition opens at Turner Contemporary.

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