Dances 1-6: Small Possessions Daily (2000)
A dance-theatre work exploring themes of family intimacy and loss.
“The account of one witness can differ drastically from another, even though both are present at the same occasion.” Hercule Poirot
Context: forensics, hysteria & fantasy, English baroque, secrets in cupboards, laughing at tragedy, being left in the woods
‘Ma ma ma ma say something else, but I can’t it’s like a stuck record and I cry out to whoever will listen and then when I get the attention I have nothing to say… and sometimes I feel like a plastic doll that you feed water to and it wets itself. But I’m not that at all.’
Inside a sitting room stuffed with heavy furniture, a family slowly suffocates. Children dress as adults and are poisoned by the list of dos and don’ts. The mother woman daughter sister husband father son brother find themselves starving. Outside in the garden of uncertainty, a lover slowly bleeds to death to the backdrop of other people’s secrets.
A choreographic theatre piece influenced by forensics, psychoanalysis and the English Baroque. Made with the music of a Consort of Fower Parts by Exeter composer Matthew Locke – a collection of pieces played together in the same key, dance forms which are not danced.
Photography by Pauline Amos
- 22nd September 2000 Platform Dartington College of Arts
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Writer/director Paula Crutchlow.
Writer/performer Cat Radford.
Devising performer Henning Hegland.
Sound design John Levack Drever.
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