Half Sewn

Category: Show Related artist: Thrive Dance

“Half Sewn” is an intimate, immersive piece where 4 females embark on a journey through the landscape the audience creates by being in the space. They travel through a seemingly ethereal and ever changing landscape, the length of the journey and time passed is represented by pouring water and rearranging cups. A shared ritual exploring the societal expectation of females to embody strength, power, sensuality and softness. Informed by the contrasting all-seeing female fates in Greek and Norse mythology who spin, measure and cut the threads of life, controlling past, present and future. The dancers confront fragility and awkward sexiness oscillating between power and submission, tension and tenderness, seeking to regain control of their female forms.

While both dancers and audience ride the ebb and flow of the sound of water being poured, the dancers decant and wash in the water. The space is continually reshaped as they rearrange the cups, their bodies and the audience’s bodies. The redefining of the space creates the transition from the past to the present and into a future where people are brought together from their confines to support the sowing of something new.

Select audience members are instructed to enter one of many squares within the performance space and once they’ve chosen their square they are not to leave it. This experience is for up to 25 people with additional audience members to watch from all 4 sides and from above where venues allow. The piece is designed to be experienced on multiple levels looking at scales of containment and levels of power from water in cups, to audience in squares, within larger squares within larger squares even further reshaping and redefining what the ‘performance space’ is.

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Show Details

  • Date Created: 2019
  • Length: 30 minutes
  • Performance area: minimum 6m by 6m
  • Approx. get-in / get out: 1 hour get in / 15 mins, get out / Option for run through preferable
  • Number. of people on road: 5
  • Workshops available: Yes
  • Scale: Small scale
  • Capacity: Under 500
  • Availability: Has touring availability
  • Language: Non-text based
  • Audience type: Designed for specific audiences

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