Between Maya and Medusa

Between Maya and Medusa

Work in progress that started with a performance as part of 60×60 event in London, Stratford Circus, by East London Dance and Vox Novus

Title: Molasses
Choreography: LucĂ­a Piquero
Composed by: Kevin Kissinger

You can watch the video here:

The final version will be a reworking of this choreographed by Sara Accettura and Lucia Piquero, with music by Alberto Garcia and costume and set design by Fausto Izzi.

The creative process of this work was instigated by the following quote by Jack London:
‘Man, awake, is compelled to seek perpetual escape into Hope, Belief, Fable, Art, God, Socialism, Immortality, Alcohol, Love. From Medusa- Truth he makes an appeal to Maya- Lie’.
Being dance one of the elements we make an escape to, we thought it would be interesting to explore this hiding from the truth through dance.
In Hinduism, Maya is identified with illusion rather than lie, and we prefer to use this as a departing point to create our character Maya, she is the personification of the disguise of reality, which is common in our society, and can happen through lots of different make ups , and in every possible context.
Then we have Medusa, the ugly truth, a scary and animal-like character that embodies the reality we don’t want to look at. She is punished with lack of attention because of her lack of aesthetics, yet she is the more real aspects of our world.
And finally, we have the Human. Debating between reality and illusion, this character will struggle to come to a decision. But… does he have to?
Using mythology and literature as a departing point, and movement and emotional analysis as tools, we endeavour to create our own vision of the debate, with the added value of questioning whether dance is only an illusion itself.

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