CONTACT + NEXT STEP + WHY + Vinicius Salles and Errant present a brand new performance that aims to shift the perceptions of normality in modern society. Vinicius wrote this original story to celebrate all gender identities. Performed by Errant’s multi-talented dancers, Tutu Trouble will bring to life the story of two friends who find an old tutu as they embark on a fantastical journey of discovery and friendship.

Showcasing Vinicius’ original immersive choreographic style, Tutu Trouble will combine immersive and physical theatre, quirky characterisation, innovative technologies, text and dance to demystify stereotypes of gender, and to empower and celebrate boys’ and girls’ identities. We will create the work within an immersive, explorable theatre environment for young audiences, and will build a tourable immersive set, to be performed outdoors or indoors for a sustainable future touring life. An app will also be available for kids to access during the performance, highlighting the interactivity of the project. Working with recycled plastic and other materials, we plan to reinvent objects and costumes to inspire imaginations. We will research different smoke and fog effects to be incorporated into our show, to create beautiful scenery to engage all children in a unique environment.

This project will allow Vinicius to develop partnerships and networks, targeting young LGBTQ+ audiences. At its core, the goal of this performance is to address the often harsh realities of growing up different, while eradicating the social pressures of sexual identity and gender stereotypes.

With insightful humour, engaging drama and an acute observation of social issues, Tutu Trouble will take audiences on a wonderful journey of discovery, giving the next generation of those who are LGBTQ+ permission to be themselves, unapologetically.
The project is currently in research and development, preceding a full production and tour. This project will allow Errant and Vinicius to develop partnerships and networks, targeting young LGBTQ+ audiences. We have begun the conversation with our past collaborators such as Croydon Council, and Jasmin Vardimon and New Theatre Royal. We now want to present the project and develop the idea further.

Errant has been building up a wide range of venue-based contacts and will invite artistic directors/promotors/programmers. There will be sharings at the end of each research week with discussion and feedback.

Vinicius and his team’s goal is to build a tourable immersive set, for a sustainable future touring life. Tutu Trouble will be able to travel to a variety of different spaces with its bespoke set, allowing maximum reach to as many audience members as possible, including large galleries, dance spaces, arts centres, universities and outdoor spaces.

Errənt feels compelled to touch on themes that challenge the social structures and its regulators.  The Stonewall school report of 2017 says: sex education was extremely limited when providing LGBTQ+-related information. Rates of poor mental health are alarmingly high among young LGBTQ+ people, and tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying should form part of the school curriculum and be an important aim for society as a whole. This project aims to offer to schools and general audiences an approach towards celebrating difference and creating an inclusive environment for all children. 

In the report, openly LGBTQ+ role models and allies at home, at school, in the local community or in the public eye play a crucial role in supporting many LGBTQ+ young people to be themselves. More needs to be done to ensure that a diverse range of identities and experiences are represented across all forms of media. 

It is key, now more than ever, to present a positive family story that touches on important subjects of inclusion. Celebrating diverse gender identities within a fun environment will be crucial to educate and entertain children of all ages.

Errant Croydon, London
Tel: 07540 745827