At the start of 2015 we worked with choreographer Lea Anderson (The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs) to help set up a democratic creative process. She also introduced us to Max Ernst’s 1930 Collage novel, A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil.
We then spent 5 weeks with 7 dancers making the show at Kings Weston House using a strict process, which enabled interchangeable leadership, and clarity of subject through pre-defined source material. Each day a dancer would be selected at random to work as choreographer, tasked with interpreting 7 pages of the Max Ernst book, one page each hour. This was repeated with each dancer and then the fragments were re-ordered and stitched back together.
We also worked with a costume designer, a lighting designer, and a musical adviser.
The novel was originally created as a collage from medical and anthropological textbooks and cheap Victorian novels. It is a violent criticsm of man, told through a nightmarish succession of sexually subversive and religiously abusive images – where love somehow remains ever present.
We shared a work in progress version of the show at Toynbee Hall in London and premiered the show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 to critical acclaim – it was to be listed as one of the top 10 dance shows in the Observer Critics Review.
We have toured the piece to a diverse range of venues, from warehouses, to stately homes, music festivals, to theatres… we can set the show up in any space big enough that has a power supply.
- Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015 – 26 performances- Ugly Duck, London- Kings Weston House, Bristol, as part of MAYFEST- Fusion Festival, Berlin
- Dartington Arts Centre- Halo Nightclub, Bournemouth- Salisbury Arts Centre- The Drill Hall, Chepstow- Dorchester Library
People: Alessandro Marzotto Levy, Roseanna Anderson, Josh Ben-Tovim, Eeanor Perry, Daniel Hay Gordon, Owen Ridley Demonick, Patricia Langa, Jake Channon, Pam Wood, Ruth Holdsworth, Jan Winter, Lucy Mann, Matt Webb
★★★★ 'Precision-crafted and subversively beautiful'Luke Jennings, The Guardian
★★★★★ 'This is what dance should be.'Three Weeks
★★★★★ 'Utterly captivating... a triumph'Fresh Air Radio
★★★★ 'The dancers... are phenomenal'TVBomb
★★★★ 'If David Lynch made multi-layered dance performance..'To Do List
★★★★ 'lurid provocative posturing...nightmarish, chilling and bizarre'Broadway Baby
A Little Girl Dreams of Taking The Veil - Max Ernst
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