Farman, V. (2002) Blush. [Shows/Exhibitions]

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Virginia Farman was director of this 45-minute, director-led, dance-theatre collaboration of 8 British and Japanese artists, combining live dance performance and projected video imagery. Resulting from Anglo/Japanese research (Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship, 1999) into representations of death and attitudes to the body and change in Japanese culture, 'Blush' examines somatic intimacy with landscape, and time, as evidenced in Butoh dance, which sees dance/life/death as cyclical and inseparable. Cultural forms were observed and translated (in the performance of speech), rather than assimilated. Through a self-reflexive narrative, both performers and audiences are positioned as 'other'. Presented in the round, the audience seated on sofas, 'Blush' addresses questions of space, architecture, the body and cultural habit, employing varying tempos and vocabularies to produce a layered text, that de-stabilises and re-forms subjectivity around an 'unfixed', 'transitory' and fragmented sense of being. Imagery shot in Japan of Butoh dancers, Takenouchi Atsushi and Tokeda, is incorporated within a video poem (Higaki/postcard), alongside a written/spoken text, reflecting on the transience of being. Performances (8): Brighton, Crawley, Tunbridge Wells, London, Littlehampton, Higaki/Postcard screening: IMZ International Film Festival, Brighton, 2004.

Publication Type: Shows/Exhibitions
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV1580 Dance
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1600 Drama > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The theater
Divisions: Academic Areas > Department of Dance
Media of Output: DVD
Event Title: Blush
Event Location: Corn Exchange, Brighton, East Sussex
Event Dates: 17 Oct 2002
Depositing User: Users 2 not found.
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2013 10:53
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2013 12:03

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