Brutality of Fact

Brutality of Fact (2004) - trio
Choreography Marie-Gabrielle Rotie
Performers: Marie-Gabrielle Rotie, Pei-Jen Tsai, Yuan Zhang (Eleni Edipidi)
Original Sound and Assistant Direction: Nick Parkin
Costume: Rotie
Lighting: Karen Norris

The choreography, takes inspiration from ‘Triptych: Studies for figures at the base of a crucifixion’ 1944 by Francis Bacon.
Three bodies are isolated in cages of light, taking on an almost alien quality, conjuring unfamiliar images that are both beautiful and grotesque.

Commissioned by The Place Theatre for the inaugural Place Prize, Sponsored by Bloomberg.

Past Touring Dates
The Place Theatre semi-finals for The Place Prize,
The Royal Opera House- Linbury Studio Theatre for Firsts, curated by Deborah Bull.
Trinity Laban, London

Press Reviews

Marie-Gabriele Rotie choreographed Brutality of Fact. This work was danced intensely with Rotie, Pei-Jen Tsai and Yuan Zhang. Its inspiration was the 1944 Triptych Studies for figures at the base of a crucifixion by Francis Bacon. Its movement aesthetic was tempered by Rotie’s knowledge of Japanese Theatre and Aesthetics. The dancers’ moves, varied shapes in standing, sitting and then moving through space conjured all matter of angst and disgust with reaches of legs, arms and head. All postures had a particular resonance that brought their own sense of horror at the sight of unspeakable torment. From the sparse vocal sounds to the clarity in movement shapes of contortion, balance and flow it was evident that Rotie had a clear vision and the specific compositional tools to render this extraordinary work.

Thea Barnes/ 2004

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