This dance performance, created and co-directed with Linda Austin, was based on a “forgetting” of Seijun Suzuki’s 1967 cult yakuza film, Branded to Kill. Themes, images and language emerged in our thinking through and half-remembering the freewheeling surrealism of the film. Against the back wall, projected fragments of video narrative and noir imagery flashed amidst the dancers.
Choreography, including long “non-sequitur” movement sequences, interspersed with moments of dialogue, abstracted violence and shards of action. Along both sides of the stage, dancers silently mimicked and responded to movements behind semi-transparent black curtains. Mounted on the ceiling, a television monitor played a continuous hour-long action by Kaj-Anne Pepper (coming slowly unravelled in an all white “weatherbox”). Halfway through the show the TV was slowly pulled along a rail to the rear of the stage. An extremely ambiguous narrative included slow-motion mock battles, chanted syllables and swung lightbulbs.
Much of my original score can be heard on the album Knives.
Co-written and directed by Linda Austin & Seth Nehil
Choreography: Linda Austin
Sound and video: Seth Nehil
Dancers: Anne Furfey, Kaj-Anne Pepper, Linda Austin, Lucy Yim, Bonnie Green, Rebecca Harrison.
Performance Works NW, Portland OR, November, 2009