SEXBOX was inspired by the pioneering but little-known German electronic musician, Ursula Bogner and her fascination with the writings of Wilhelm Reich - a controversial feminist psychoanalyst for whom a healthy discharge of sexual energy was the crux of humanity’s salvation.
7 dancers worked together to create a collaborative process that would allow us to devise structures to create material quickly as a group. This process, which we called ‘Question Time’ allowed us to set up between 5-8 structured working sessions a day. In these, we would combine Bogner's Music and Reich's ideas with other sources of inspiration, ranging from Hollywood glamour films and 1960’s art house animations to Iggy Pop and romantic poems, all of which we had been collecting on a blog prior to the creation process.
We spent around 5 weeks over the course of a few months creating the show, with a costume designer and lighting designer, and premiered it at Ugly Duck in London. Since then we have performed it at:
- Hackney Showroom in London- Bristol Dance Centre
- Leith Volcano, Edinburgh, as part of the British Council Edinburgh showcase
The piece is staged in the round and can be set up in any space big enough with a power supply.
Original Cast: Roseanna Anderson, Joshua Ben-Tovim, Patricia Langa, Daniel Hay-Gordon, Eleanor Perry, Owen Ridley-Demonick, Alessandro Marzotto-Levy
Costume Design: Pam Tait
Lighting Design: Jake Channon
Music Design: Daniel Hay-Gordon
Cast for Edinburgh 2017: Alessandro Marzotto Levy, Roseanna Anderson, Josh Ben-Tovim, Patricia Langa, Sonya Cullingford, Jordan Lennie, Yael Cibulski
“Your eyes are softly spanked for 60 minutes with a series of carefully crated and choreographed episodes of pleasure”Writing About Dance
★★★★ “ingenious choreography”The Observer
Production photographs by Aaron Davies and Jeremy Rieder