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Let me tell you a little about my project. Since late 2010 I have been thinking about this piece I want to make, which is called DOGS. I want to create a piece that filters the extremities of human emotional distress through the body. I want to explore struggle and fragility of the human spirit, from the small-scale, banal emotion to more epic and theatricalized depictions of anger, rage and conflict. Despite the heavy themes, the idea is to use dance and vigorous physicality as a vehicle of catharsis and, in a strange way, a celebration of human expression. The title came from thinking about how we humans have shown ourselves to be much like dogs in our susceptibility to the pack instinct, but also about if we were to let go of all social rules, conduct and acceptable behavior, what would happen?
I’ll be creating this piece with composer Tom Lane, who also created the music for Listowel Syndrome together with percussionist Bryan O’Connell, joined by soprano Elizabeth Woods and a amazing cast of 6 international dancers. With the support of an Arts Council bursary and Dance Ireland, with whom I am delighted to be an Associate Artist, I workshopped some ideas for 2 weeks in December 2011. I am interested in using opera as a medium for this work for it’s heightened sense of theatricality and grandeur, but specifically using baroque composition and opera as an influence. Listening to this type of music, Handel, Bach, Purcell, I often get a real sense of sadness, but beautiful sadness from. So we’re working with a harpsichord, percussion, viola, voice and various mics and loop stations to create the aural world of this piece. Though drums might seem like an odd addition, rhythm and percussive drive is something I’m totally engrossed with and want to reveal the heartbeat or pulse of the piece.
The piece will be created over the course of 5 weeks. We will begin rehearsals in August and perform for one week at Project Arts Centre's Space Upstairs in September (10-15) as one of the key dance shows at ABSOLUT Fringe.
This project is primarily funded by an Arts Council Project award and supported Dance Ireland.However, after paying performers, musicians, designers, production team, rehearsal space, transport and everything else get, we still have to costume 6 dancers, a singer, 2 musicians AND create a beautiful stage in which to present this work to you at the ABSOLUT Fringe.
We need a minimum of €4,000 to do this. By pledging what you can, you will be helping us to make this work the best it can be. You will actually see your pledge onstage, being worn by a dancer or framing and lighting a singer.
I would greatly appreciate any pledge you can make. Even a little would help a lot.
Emma and all the team involved in DOGS