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"Distinctive, refined yet sensitive." - Preview Tour Audience Member
This inclusive piece by Exim dance company is a meditation on the effort required in the present, to remember the past.
Award winning choreographer Adam Benjamin delicately explores memories locked and un-locked, drawing on his collaboration with architect and composer Mathew Emmett and on the contributions of dancers, Emma Pendle, Laura Henry, Mike Williams and particularly the raw, indefinable movement quality of Kevin French whose muscles and speech are affected by cerebral palsy.
Choreography: Adam Benjamin
Performers: Emma Pendle, Kevin French, Laura Henry and Mike Williams
Music: Mathew Emmett, Eduardo Miranda and Andy Cowton
Film: Kayla Parker
Film score: Stuart Moore
Lighting and Production Design: Charlotte Burton and Tim Hardy
Images: Claire Summers
"Like being in a dream. Beautiful music and movements that matter" - Audience member
A story of despair, purpose, choice and acceptance of fate.
Inspired by the 19th century Rückert poems about Weltschmerz and The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus. Despite Sisyphus’ eternal labour of rolling a stone up a hill just to watch it fall down again, Camus concluded: “One must imagine Sisyphus happy. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night-filled mountain, in itself forms a world. All Sisyphus' silent joy is contained therein. His fate belongs to him. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man's heart.”
Using Gustav Mahler’s Rückert songs and Max Richter’s Vivaldi recomposed and set in 2016, Sysiphus’ wife, not knowing of her husband’s ongoing eternal struggle, battles for Sispyhus’ burdened soul.
Thanks to Maria Ines Sousa for the creative input, artistic collaboration and the trust invested in me. Carmen Klammer for beautiful and strong pictures. Alex Fernandes for fantastic light. Anna and Verena Look for constant support and love. Brian Bertscher for friendship and shelter.
Hannah & Lorea are the Unbaptised Infants. Moving towards moving, preoccupied with nonsense. Poetry, non-poetry and rhythmic dancing will do (for now) in this ambitious attempt to find structure and meaning to life.
A collaboration between two people stuck in a state of transition, condemned to limbo, beginning a quest for happiness. This affinity has led to a place of clarity within the unclarity. There is nothing here to be understood – we have not found the meaning of life. However, if you have any revelations, please let us know.
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Resolution 2016