Beware Fierce Flaming Firebirds
Perched on high, glowing red, dragon women twitch, unfurl folded fiery wings, quiver from sleepy ember beds. Waking to watch and protect, with flaming breath and red hot wings, courage and passion mirrored in their eyes and fire burning in their hearts, dragonesses fly. Sparks fly, wind howls, firebirds scream like jets, dive and rock and pass. Phoenixes rise in a bewitching infernal dance.
‘Porth is quite an amazing show!’
Porth (Portal) was commissioned by Pontio Bangor in 2015. It is a 10 minute intense and dramatic vertical dance work which appeals to all ages. It is loosely inspired by the firebird story in which the embroiderer Maryushka was stolen by an evil sorcerer masquerading as a falcon, who turned her into a firebird and lifted her away in his talons. As she died she shed her feathers onto the land below. The legend says that the feathers live on showing themselves to those who love beauty and show beauty to others.
‘Completely blown away by Porth…’ ‘…mesmerising…’ ‘…full of ingenuity and artistic brilliance…’
There are 2 versions of Porth, one with projection and one without. Please see technical information below.
Porth trailer with clips of both versions: https://vimeo.com/156988179
Choreography: Kate Lawrence
Dancers: Lindsey Butcher, Kate Lawrence, Julia Taffe or Despina Goula, Catherine Ryan, Lisa Spaull
Music: Rob Spaull
Costumes: Ceri Rimmer
Rigger: Simon Edwards
Projection: London School of Music and Drama projection mapping students, OD Vision