The main theme of the work comes from Chris Lewis Smith, Dance Course Director at Bath Spa University, and his interest in the idea that things are no longer under our control, we are living on the edge of something going wrong, playing with fire. The title of the piece, Marini's Horse, is inspired by the work of sculptor Marino Marini, an italian artist who during the second world war bombing in Japan, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, became shocked that humankind has evolved and is working with powers it can't control or understand anymore. Marini's theme is the horse and rider. As he went through his sculpting life, horses became more wild and crazy, powerful, out of control, and rider smaller, in jeopardy.
The idea behind the work was to create an environment in which dancers are in control of audio - video, in a way that their movement keeps the lid on it becoming very loud, uncomfortable for the audience. The same thing happens in nuclear power stations, where uranium rods are lowered and raised to generate energy while keeping them cool.
Dancers: Naomi Hunter, Leanne Oddy, Rachel Lewis, Annie Pettitt
Choreography: The Dancers & Chris Lewis-Smith
Music Composition, Interactivity & motion sensing: Andrei Branea
Light and Technical Production: Chris Lawrence and Ben Ratchford
Projection Video & Direction: Chris Lewis-Smith
Performance Video: Mike Johnston
Video Editing: Andrei Branea