TITLE OF SHOW: Dialogues for a Dead Day
LENGTH OF SHOW: 70-minutes
INTERMISSION none required
THEME [describe in one sentence]: DIALOGUES FOR A DEAD DAY is a testimony of and about disabilities.
CONTENT [brief description]: Combining works of theatre and dance from the classics and original repertoire, DIALOGUES FOR A DEAD DAY is a hard and compelling look at disabilities, mental, physical and emotional. From Richard III to a Vietnam veteran talking about body counts to a quadriplegic talking about his love life to Nijinsky going mad, the show is an uncompromising, intense, compassionate witnessing of the disabled in our society.
CLASSIFICATION: Festival and Adult, parental guidance suggested. This show has become one of the signature pieces of all of Sun.Ergos’ work.
PRESENTATION [skills used to present show]: The stage is a black box created by black surrounds. There is one white chair, no props, no setting. The stage is treated like a void into which characters and dances are hurled with shocking juxtaposition, tossed with insensitivity, tenderly placed with care in order to achieve the most intense effect on the audience. Vocal skills, modern dance skills, harsh lighting, black and white costumes all provide the strong contrasts that burn this production into the mind like a Rembrandt etching. The title is derived from the fact that many disabled people live in isolation even to this day without real emotional, physical support, and that these people have dialogues with the void in their lives in empty rooms, in dead days.
CAST: Robert Greenwood (actor) and [Mr.] Dana Luebke (dancer-actor)
WHERE SHOW HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY PERFORMED OR WORLD PREMIERE, ETC.: The world premiere of DIALOGUES FOR A DEAD DAY was in Edinburgh at the prestigious EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE. It has been performed in Calgary, in Winnipeg at The Gas Station Theatre, in Nitra, Slovakia, at the INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL as a first Canadian entry in the history of that festival, and excerpts have been performed at Dance in Canada Conferences in Saskatoon and Toronto and at the 4th INTERNATIONAL MODERN DANCE FESTIVAL in Bratislava, Slovakia.
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