Cathi Sell has been chosen as one of the elite squad for the Youth Circus for Glasgow's Commonwealth Games......
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|Gordon Black in the shop window.|
|Deborah May dancing in shop window.|
|Cathi and Gordon fight scene.|
|Paul enters the crowd with giant robot arms.|
Monday, October 22, 2012
Video games were invented using military technology to simulate battle situations - we wanted to explore how torture and violence are used in entertainment, film, video and gaming. Where do we draw the line between reality and fantasy ?
In October 2012 This Side of Paradise was located at the Glue Factory in Glasgow. Dudendance rehearsed the piece within the site and created a walk-though environment peopled by mutant creatures who created and destroyed themselves with wads of stuffing. The piece was set into adjoining spaces allowing the audience to see several spaces at once.
The morphing action builds into a slow motion full- scale fight choreography - the creatures eventually smashed by Paul Rous's giant robot arms. The piece ends with the creatures re-forming into mutant robot type figures continuing their never ending cycle of violence.
|Deborah May stuffs herself into hideous mis-shapes.|
|Cathi Sell moves through the floor unable to stand up.|
|Dora de Andrade manipulates and smashes a dummy before turning on the others.|
|Slow motion fight....|
|Paul destroyer arms.|
This Side of Paradise, Arches@TheGlue Factory, Glasgow
Last October, this was a work-in-progress at the Arches. ****
A year on, Dudendance returned with a new version of the work, tailoring it to suit the dank chill of the Glue Factory. The film noir sub-stories were stripped out, leaving the nameless, faceless threat of black-clad mutants – lumpen, mis-shapen forms with robotic gait – to invade the dim-lit rooms, like vengeful escapees from some war-based video game.
Their blindly relentless aggression wasn't aimed at us. But the uncertainty hovered: what if technology went rogue? Our gizmos turned against us? An evil genius manipulated machines that wouldn't die, but reactivated to keep on killing? The stuff of such sci-fi nightmares astutely taps into the primal fears we harbour still. And even when the soundscore edged into cha-cha-cha cheesiness, or Paul Rous (co-director of Dudendance, with Clea Wallis) lumbered on like a manga slayer, one arm a huge hammer the other a club, the black humour was countered by four battered creatures reviving in order to start another cycle of destruction between us and the exit.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Rehearsals are going well! Our work over the summer on 'This Side of Paradise' is to be put into the space in Glasgow in a weeks time, bringing the piece from our rehearsal base in Aberdeenshire to the Glue Factory in Glasgow where we will perform later in the year for four days, from the 11th of October! Put it in your diaries! Its going to be a good one! Photo by Jan Holm
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Alford Heritage Centre
Sunday 22nd of July
12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
We arrived at the Casa das Artes in Embu after an intensive week at LUME theatre and a weekend spent in Sao Carlos.
Dora de Andrade exchanged her experience of working with her group in the favela of Ilha de Conceptcio in Rio. Dora has been working with teenage boys crossing a “gorilla“ group of traditional carnival characters with hip hop and site- specific performance. She has developed ideas with Dudendance through a long distance project and as part of her PHD thesis on collaborative process.
Cathi, Gordon and Deborah arrived from Huntly in the second week and spent a few days adjusting to the climate. The colonial town of Embu, a 30 min walk away, famous for it’s arts and crafts market, provided us with a typical slice of Brasil. Only 40 mins from the mega city of Sao Paulo, Embu feels like a world away and is a popular day trip for tourists who visit the workshops of craftsmen and artists based there.
During our time in Embu we learnt a lot through interchange with our Brasilian peers. There was a refreshing interest in our work process which we shared through workshops and open rehearsals in LUME and Embu. The young performers from Scotland also had the opportunity to see first class Brasilian shows in Sao Paulo with it’s vibrant dance, physical theatre and circus scene.
On the whole the process in Brasil was an amazing opportunity to exchange and be inspired by a different culture and gave the group a re-newed excitement and inspiration to create work. It was fantastic to be exposed to such an open, dynamic and warm-hearted arts community with physical performance at it’s heart. A famous saying is that Brasil is the land of improvisation. The experience in Brasil taught us to be adaptable to different audiences and be ready to perform a variation of work in a variety of spaces. We really look forward to strengthening our ties and bring the finished piece back in 2013.