CDC perform in Ronald Corp's and Francis Booth's 'The Yellow Wallpaper' at The Village Underground, January 2013.
The Yellow Wallpaper' is a 22 minute ballet based on the novel of the same name by Charlotte Gilman Perkins. The story, set in the 19th century, centers on the nameless Narrator, whose passion for writing is stifled by her misguided but loving husband, John. She is forced to undergo the infamous Dr. Weir Mitchell’s “rest cure” and her subsequent descent into insanity is used by Gilman to protest the medical and professional oppression against women at the time. In the ballet, the Narrator has been divided into three parts – mind, body and voice - represented by an actress, a dancer, and an opera singer (unseen) respectively. Through this division of the role, the hideous reality of dissociative psychosis is made apparent.
Choreography: Paul Chantry
Composer: Ronald Corp OBE
Librettist: Francis Booth
Narrator (body) - Rae Piper
Narrator (mind) - Lindsay Dukes
John - Paul Chantry