A gutsy new dance theatre work from French-Australian multi-disciplinary artist Cloé Fournier, FORM Dance Projects presents Mea Culpa at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres for a strictly limited season from 18 October 2019.
Featuring intriguing movement and spoken word, Mea Culpa depicts the dramas played out amongst seven female bodies in a futuristic society who bear the pressures from an ever-present invisible power, referred to as ‘IT’ – which keeps them in submission.
Mea Culpa takes the viewer on an absorbing and sensuous journey, where women stomp their feet and hiss in quest of salvation, freedom and self-liberation. Fournier has developed a movement aesthetic that blends and stretches contemporary physical theatre with French folk dance in order to explore and exploit the idea of the human machine – part-mechanical, part-human.
“This work questions empowerment and our responsibility in shaping a future society where women reappropriate and recode the female body according to them,” said Fournier. “Mea Culpa is an attempt to consciously move away from the forces of technology, science, religion, patriarchy, matriarchy and pop culture, represented by ‘IT’, that hold women down.”
Fournier is known for her provocative solo works, as well as her powerful performance presence in works by cross-genre companies including Branch Nebula and Stalker Theatre. Fournier’s work examines human behaviours, the female form and its relationship to modern society, and the crucible of life and death.
Choreographer: Cloé Fournier Performers: Imogen Cranna, Isabella Coluccio, Emily Flannery, Cloé Fournier, Nicola Ford, Anna McCulla, Natalie Pelarek, Daniela Zambrano Mentor / Dramaturg: Vicki Van Hout Lighting Design: Frankie Clarke Music Composer: James Brown
Lennox Theatre – Riverside Theatres, Corner Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
Performances: 18 – 19 October 2019
For more information, visit: www.form.org.au for details.
Image: FORM Dance Projects presents Mea Culpa (supplied)