Swan Song

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Choreographer?

 

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Date first performed?

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Christopher Bruce

 

Various, including Rambert Dance Company

 

November 1987

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Philip Chambon, Electro-acoustic with digitally sampled sounds, vocals, a reed pipe and popular dance rhythms. Unaccompanied interludes enable us to hear the tapping of feet. Composed in collaboration wtih the choreographer

Christopher Bruce, Everyday cloths associated with roles. Uniforms for the intterogators and jeans and T-shirt for the victim

David Mohr, Overhead lighting and a diagonal shaft of light to suggest natural light from upstage left. Footlights create shadows. Atmospheric

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Dancers?

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Christopher Bruce, Bare stage except for a chair suggests a cell. Interrogators always exit stage right (a door?) . The chair has many purposes and is used symbolically as a weapon, a shield and shackles. Props (canes and a red nose) are used to degrade the victim

 

Proscenium

 

Three Men (also performed by three women, and a mixed cast)

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Theme?

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Comtemporary, with physical contact and some balletic movements. Include references to social and theatrical dance

 

Episodic, dramatic, thematic

 

Human rights; prisoner of conscience

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