° The Ephemeral life of an octopus °
‘There is the ancient, religious idea that man is the unhappy combination of beast and god: if only we were divine, we would be liberated, immortal spirit; if only we were beast, we could be content in our instinctive ignorance’.
Thomas Stern, 'The Human and the Octopus'
The Ephemeral Life of an Octopus is absurd and grotesque, playful and liberating. It questions the strangeness of having a body: healthy and vigorous, suffering and damaged, punctured and probed, wild and animalistic.
Based on the choreographer's personal experience of ovarian cancer, the piece is inspired by studies of the evolution of cancer cells and the lived experience of illness. At once scientific, philosophical and visceral, the piece looks at the dysfunction, chaos and vibrant life force of the body from within and without.
Choreographer and Director: Léa Tirabasso
With the collaboration of the Dancers: Catarina Barbosa, Alistair Goldsmith, Joachim Maudet, Rosie Terry Toogood
Composer: Martin Durov
Lighting Designer: Nicolas Tremblay
Project Manager: Mathis Junet
Associate Producer: Hattie Gregory
Scientific advisors: Adeola Olaitan, François Eisinger
Philosophy advisors: Thomas Stern
> link to Thomas Stern's essay below <
Animal Transformation Coach: Gabrielle Moleta
Video by: Bohumil Kostohryz
Co-produced by: Kinneksbond Mamer, TROIS C-L Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois (LU), KLAP Maison pour la Danse Marseille (FR)
Commissioned by: The Place London, DanceXchange Birmingham, NSCD Leeds (UK)
Supported: Dance City Newcastle, South East Dance, GFTA Arts Council England (UK) ; Fondation Indépendance, Ministère de la Culture (LU)
Thanks to the Wellcome Collection
Thanks to Eve Appeal, Cancer Research UK
More info > leatirabasso.com
Know more about gynae cancer > eveappeal.org.uk
Thomas Stern 'The Human and the octopus > thepointmag.com/2011/examined-life/the-human-and-the-octopus
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