Concept illustration for Sonny Nwachukwu's commission 'Circles'. The heads of a man and woman are set against a background of planets and astrological symbols, and the outline of their hair takes on the aspect of stars clustered together in space.
Illustration by Natalie Cooper

Sonny Nwachukwu – Saturn Returns

Saturn Returns is a ‘choreopoem’,​ a live dance and spoken word performance, that explores the subconsciousness of relationships, drawing on black culture. Saturn Returns delves into an astral projection reality where the characters take on forms of past present and future lives.

Through open conversations between the characters touch on subjects such as Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, community and love. Saturn Returns brings an intimate yet urgent reminder about unhealed pain and asks the important questions about identity and healing, topics truly relevant to society today. The term choreopoem was first coined by Ntozake Shange in the description of her work ‘For Colored Girls’ This format has inspired women of colour and the POC LGBT community. We aim to draw the audience deeply into a visual literature piece through this rare & unique form.


A behind the scenes look at the journey to the first sharing of Circles: A Choreopoem an earlier form of Saturn Returns. 




Production details

Director/ Writer/ Choreographer
Sonny Nwachukwu
Movement Director and Sound Designer
Ffion Campbell Davies
Dramaturg Facilitator
Maxwell Golden
Jordan Ajadi Peter Johnson
Lighting Designer
Josh Harriette
Creative ​Producer
Michael Peter Johnson
Dr Masuma Rahim
Natalie Cooper
Floyd Konde
Dramaturg and Publisher
John Gordon

Production images