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Following two successful 2013 seasons at Christchurch’s Body Festival and Hamilton Fringe Festival, Auckland choreographer Shani Dickins presents a dark, visceral and “very, very scary” story of temptation, manipulation and disguise.
Winner of the Wallace Arts Emerging Artist Award at Auckland’s 2013 Short + Sweet Dance Festival, Demigod/half-Human features original compositions by musician James Risbey, costume design by AUT fashion graduate Fraser Mildon and lighting design by the superb Ruby Reihana-Wilson, to collectively create a haunting and provocative show that is both “confronting” and “unexpected.”
Play human. Avoid taboo. Shed the primordial skin.
Fellow Homo sapiens, your success depends on a civilised appearance. You know the rules. With the extremes of heaven above and hell beneath, your duty is to act the in-between: human, orderly.
The fact is, our bodies and minds are degenerating. Caged perpetually in an ignorant, insane society, we refuse to acknowledge the most honest self: the tired, hungry, lust-ridden flesh. So the insatiable predator becomes dependent on his prey; the exhausted prey dependent on her manipulator.
“… alien meets exorcist, in an Hieronymus Bosch garden of
earthly delights and horrors.”
“Make no mistake. These women can dance.”
Demigod/half-Human is presented in collaboration with dancers Rosa Provost and Jahra “Rager” Wasasala, and producer and rehearsal director Natalie Maria Clark (How To Make Friends and Still Appear Normal, Auckland Fringe 2013). Generous thanks to support from Basement Theatre, Creative Communities/Auckland City Council, Auckland Old Folk’s Association Hall and The Wallace Arts Trust.