Critically-acclaimed contemporary dance comes to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

2018-03-10 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Sabhal Mor Ostaig

A colourful and playful piece of critically-acclaimed contemporary dance exploring the importance of identity takes to the stage at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on Saturday.

Rob Heaslip's Freagra | A Blurred Expanse is a land awash with electric pinks, acid greens and chilly hues of blue; a land where the inhabitants conjure their play of cause and effect.

Irish choreographer, Rob Heaslip, said: "In Freagra | A Blurred Expanse, I wanted to explore the dynamic in a particular group of people. These people bring their experiences and personalities to the stage, which we use to investigate their relationship to each other.

"Identity is such an incredibly important thing to us as humans and to my work. It shapes the very structure of the world we live in. I knew that in order for the dancers to create a world for themselves on stage I would have to allow them the freedom to 'exist' uninhibited.

"The stage becomes a focal point; a lens through which we examine subconscious impulses, how and when we act on these. My Dramaturg, Brigid McCarthy, and I wrote a lot looking to find the right wording to keep my ideas clear and precise, while also focusing on the human point of view. We arrived at three words – choice, consensus and context.
"I set out making A Blurred Expanse absolute in my decision to have all the movement originate from the dancers themselves. I would give them movement suggestions and instructions. We allowed the performers freedom of choice in the creative process – with the individual representing choice and the collective representing consensus.
"As a team we used improvisation as a tool. I wanted to give the performers the freedom to continuously explore and develop their decisions in real time. It's fleeting, I never see the same thing twice, and this excites me. The same is said for composer Ross Whyte, whose digital score was made with the cast, not away from them.
"In a way, when we strip away the terminology and speak in ley terms; what we are looking at is a modern folk tale, a collection of the stories that these performers bring with them into the Blurred Expanse."

There will be a post show musical performance by Glasgow-based composer and musician Ross Whyte who will perform a set of original music, including tracks from his debut album Kaidan as well as the music from A Blurred Expanse.

The troupe will be holding workshops for the young local dancers of Lorayne McLucas Performing Arts on Saturday afternoon.

Freagra | A Blurred Expanse will be performed as part of SEALL's Spring programme. The event takes place at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, TDC main hall, on Saturday, 10 March at 7.30pm.


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  • 2018-03-10 07:30 PM - 10:00 PM

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