Project direction: Designed by Alice
Concept: Alice Williamson and Juliet Burnett
Dancer and words: Juliet Burnett
Photography: Alice Williamson
Music and videography: Nicholas Robert Thayer
Makeup: Michelle Dacillo
The bat in history has been seen as a liminal being; it exists on boundaries, and can't be easily placed. Who are you? Mammal, reptile or bird?
Artists can be similarly liminal beings. Who are you? What kind of artist are you? How shall we brand you?
Artists are givers, of the self.
In dance, we offer our deepest selves to the universe.
It isn't always accepted, and so we are left vulnerable, open and bare, perhaps stifled and starving for breath, to recollect and start again.
In turn we must be accepting; to expect every being to find a rhythm with every other being in the universe, is not understanding it.
And so, we relinquish that which we gave, we walk away from that which we gave to.
We die a small death.
A part of us closes, like the earnest sun-reaching bloom, folding after the sun has set, or the bat wrapped in its primeval winged cloak under a dying moon.
Then we must find new life (to dance is to breathe, in the most beautiful way). We may exist in the space in-between, hovering in flight to find our place.
But when we do ...
Slowly, the senses return, the spirit reignites, the heart, having been shielded for protection, reopens and finds a new beat.
A deep sigh.
A life dance.