Blind Faith was a collaboration between Choreographer Yolande Snaith, Composer Graeme Miller, Scenic designer Barnaby Stone, Costume designer Belinda Ackerman, Lighting designer Chahine Yavroyan and dancers Rick Nodine, Jovair Longo, Russell Trigg, Henrietta Hale, and Ruth Spenser. (Paul Claydon was also one of the original dancers who performed in the work and contributed to the choreographic process)
Videographer: Nick Sandiland
Blind Faith won the Prix d’auteur du Conceil generale de la Seine-Saint-Denis, Paris, in 1998.
Inspired by the paintings of Leonardo da Vinci, a banqueting table mutates into a surgeon’s slab, a sacred shrine and the scene of a pagan rave. Colorful tableaux melt, flow and tumble from one to the next, bursting into demonic or ecstatic dance, sensual, ritualistic, possessed. In a world continuously transformed by sumptuous light, color and Graeme Miller’s compelling sound-scape, the performers embark on a dramatic and blackly funny journey through lust, litany and levitation.
“An excavation of the dark and light faces of humanity: on the one hand, a delving into our primitive, animal instincts, our fascination with mortality and our physical bodies, the underworlds of the human psyche: on the other hand, a sensual dance with the lighter side of our spiritual nature, our higher intelligence, our existential questioning, our striving for transcendence of the human condition.”
Blind Faith was funded by the Arts Council of England, with support from the London Arts Board, The Leche Trust, the Gulbenkian Foundation, and the British Council. This piece was featured in the Spring Loaded festival, London, and toured extensively throughout the UK 1997-98, as well as performances in France, Israel, Greece, Romania, Lithuania, and Germany