Choreographer: Davida Monk
Dancers: Valentia Dimitriou, Catherine Hayward, Shayne Johnson, Rufio Rodriguez
Music: Four Movements from Sweetgrass, Allan Gordon Bell
Costumes: Carey Lees
The dance-space-as-journey is expressed through the pathways and geometric intricacies of the Chartres labyrinth. The emotional content springs from the poetic contemplation of beauty, terror and the invisible in Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies, and a variety of mystical writings on the nature of angels. The movement develops from a few simple root motifs to express contemplation, burden, hesitancy, bravura, terror and triumph. The dancers encounter many obstacles, not the least of which is their own fear, as they wrestle with the consequences of a profound call.
“ For beauty is nothing/But the beginning of terror, which we still are just able to
/Endure, / And we are so awed because it serenely disdains/To annihilate us. Every angel is terrifying.” Duino Elegies, Rainer Maria Rilke
“The work is rhapsodic in its individual poetry, but compelling in its collective ensemble work too at many points, featuring momentary duos of spacious richness which can only come from an experienced well-practised combinatorial imagination. Monk choreographs with a seemingly endless surfeit of lyrical beauty. …The choreography and performance were both equally, totally enthralling.” Stephan Bonfield, The Calgary Herald, 2016