The Beggar & The Bird
Ara before her fall
Ara defiles her newspaper image
From Diva to Beggar
Ara as Beggar
From Diva to Beggar
The Song of The Bird
Diva vulnerable to her shadow
The Diva and Shadow
Shadow Duet
The Bird controls Ara with her voice
Ara (diva) kills the bird
Remorse of killing the muse
Ara reconciled
Amber as Ara
The Shadow, Ara and The Bird
Haunted by the birdsong
Ara's shadow
Ara's shadow
True power cannot come through worship or rule of another

 

Dance Performance Premiere: “The Beggar and the Bird”
-- Odeon Theater, 8 November 2007

 
Synopsis 

 

The choreography is based on an original story about the search for power. The central character experiences a dilemma of who she is in her world. A once successful woman turns her back on her own image, searching for a new identity and greater power. She attempts to reinvent herself only to stumble into an unknown territory, a vacuum of loneliness and self-doubt. Stripped bare she assumes the role of a beggar.  When she hears the strange song of a bird she becomes enchanted by its power and grace. The bird becomes the beggar's muse. She becomes a puppet on a vocal string and in so doing gives over her power to the bird. However, lust for that power becomes a vengeful dance against her own shadow, performed by Albert Kessler and The Bird performed by Natalie Jean Marain.

 

The Performance Style

Amber, Natalie and Albert are performers who have found a unique relationship between voice and dance. Through a deep working connection, and improvisation they identified a form of story telling which can arise naturally through patterns of vocal play and movement. Impulses are shared and reciprocated in the form of vocal harmonies, distorted sounds, breath, foot/ body percussion and dance. The improvisations are harnessed into a structure and so that the story remains concise and understandable. Motifs and themes recur through the performance, producing a playful and deeply affecting performance. The end result is a fully choreographed and scored show.