In 2016 the artists in iCoDaCo created BABULUS. A multidisciplinary performance which brings both the performers and the audience to share an intimate space where genuine and exciting communication takes place. The piece interrogates means, forms, ways and subjects of communication across cultures, generations and political realities.


Charles Darwin wrote, “Man has an instinctive tendency to speak, as we see in the babble of our young children, while no child has an instinctive tendency to bake, brew or write.”

In what was both a funny and sad exploration of how we view ourselves and others through the ways we try to express ourselves, BABULUS questions what we do when we are left with no words with which to communicate. How do we use this instinct of communication when the other speaks a different language to ours or behaves in a different way? How do we make ourselves understood?

BABULUS was created throughout creative residencies in Sweden, Wales and Scotland. It was co-produced by Gothenburg Dance & Theatre Festival and toured in 2016 and 2017. Throughout the creation process as well a the performance seasons, the collective of artists met both the dance communities and the general public in each location and shared insights from the process as well as related anecdotes about each of the artists practice, cultural heritage and individual history.

Makers - performers:
Israel Aloni
Lee Brummer
Gwyn Emberton
Eddie Ladd
Johanna Nuutinen

Light & space design:
Joe Fletcher

Original soundtrack:
Oscar Collins

Dramaturgy and direction advice:
Sara Lloyd

Dramaturgical advice:
Luke Pell

Tour Management:
Kristian Rhodes