A metaphor for the human soul that is beaten and shaped through life. Reckoning with self, a woman follows ancestral voices to a place of refuge.
Fragments of memories are revealed through a pentagram, images of civil war are inspired by Picasso’s iconic Guernica, Garcia Lorca’s poetry and ancient voices that are released in the songs of Sephardim. Evoking the blacksmith's iron furnace, Forge recasts the soulful flamenco through contemporary dance, flamenco seguriyas rhythm and the percussive power of the piano.
There is no safe life when freedom is lost. Antonio Enriquez Gomez c.1600
Many years ago, I sat at the wall in the garden of the Alcazar in Seville and cried, no idea why. I recently learnt this wall was part of the Juderia, the ghetto of the Sephardim sent away some 600 years before. They fled to Arabia and further to India to where I now know my ancestries lie. Outside the wall I build a new city.
Dance Bites 2016 Riverside Theatres Parramatta. Producer Anne-Louise Rentell. Presenter FORM DANCE. Supported by Creative Partnerships Australia, Merrigong Theatre Co.
Choreographer and Concept | Annalouise Paul
Composition | Marianthe Loucataris
Vocals & Songs | Helen Rivero
Costume Design | Tobhiyah Stone Feller
Lighting Design | Roderick van Gelder
Dramaturgy & Flamenco Consultant | Juan Carlos Lerida
Cast | Annalouise Paul
Duration | 46 minutes
Sound Design | Peter Kennard Flamenco Guitar | Robert Varga
Photography | Heidrun Lohr, Shane Rozario Videography | Tristan Baker
I’ve just written a piece about Forge. I was so taken by it.