Choreography/Improvisation and Performance – Marie-Gabrielle Rotie
Duration: 45 minutes
Original Sound- Nick Parkin
Costume - Francesca Rios
Lighting Design - Andrew Hammond
Assistant Direction- Nick Parkin and Atsushi Takenouchi
Video projection- Ian Pons Jewell (content) Gaia Boretti (editing)
Hair and Make-up: Emma Hopkins
Commissioned by Trinity Laban and premiered Laban February 2010
Mythic draws inspiration from 19th Century spiritualist photographs of mediums conjuring the departed and from Butoh found Tatsumi Hijikata’s assertion that to dance is to ‘shake hands with the dead’and his assertion that the ‘body is a corpse desperately trying to stand upright.'
Mythic conjures images of transformation and loss. Movement unfolds as a series of film-like fragments of stillness and internal states, exploring the nature of memory and what lives on in us after death. Rotie transforms and seemingly becomes 'other' as she moves between sustained sculptural forms, evoking the spirits of the living and the dead.
Ian Pons Jewell has created projected film inspired by 19th Century images of spiritualist emanations from the body.
Past Touring Dates
Trinity Laban, London Feb 2010
University of Hull in Scarborough 'One the Edge' 18/11/2009
Michaelas Theatre University of Roehampton
Harry Crook Theatre, Colstons,Collegiate School, Bristol
Rich Mix, Shoreditch London
Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter
George Wood Theatre, Goldsmiths University of London 16/3/2011
Press and Audience comments:
I saw 'Mythic' last night at Rich Mix and it is one of the beautiful pieces I have ever seen. Helena Astbury
Thank you for a beautiful performance - just got home and still hearing, seeing and feeling it. Congratulations to you and Nick and the team.
Your show last night was so beautiful .. Emily
So lucky I just got there in time to see mythic last night, I thought it was beautiful. Hebe Reilly E15
Inspiring performance . thankyou for sharing.. Hulya Baytar
Your performance was so beautiful Yuliya V Krylova
Had a fantastic time last night watching Mythic, well done and thank you Lydia Kay
"Thank you & congratulations for last night Marie. Captivating as always. X" Andrew Macauley