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5783449James Cousins Company: Epilogues
DateThursday 28th February 2019
DescriptionThree duets about relationships telling stories which need to be told. In an era when women proclaim 'times up' and misogynists win presidencies, choreographer James Cousins is increasingly determined to put stories he feels are important centre stage. Cousins' latest production Epilogues weaves three duets into one absorbing evening, shifting between the familiar and the dream-like. Inspired by division and isolation, looking for connection and resolution, each duet tells the story of a relationship - between lovers, between friends, between sisters and family. Within Her Eyes was first seen at Sadler's Wells (titled There We Have Been) as part of the inaugural New Adventures Choreographer Award Showcase in 2012. Cousins was the first winner of the award and the resulting duet confirmed him as a choreographic talent to watch. Within Her Eyes is an astonishingly physical work exploring loss and dependency where the female dancer never once touches the ground. Given new meaning as part of Epilogues, it will be performed on this tour by Rhys Dennis and long-time company member Chihiro Kawasaki. Music is by Seymour Milton and lighting by Olivier Award nominee Lee Curran. The first of two new works (as yet untitled) is an intimately formal and delicate piece for two men who together are overcoming pressures from their respective cultures. It takes its inspiration from the moment in Cousins' life when he realised he could no longer maintain the wall he had built up to hide his sexuality. Combining that with personal stories from the two dancers, Rhys Dennis and Georges Hann, Cousins explores the moments in life when a quiet look says it all. The second new work, performed by Jemima Brown and George Frampton, explores the relationship between two women dealing with the impending loss of a parent. Cousins is keen to challenge the stereotype of feuding females perpetuated by the male gaze of the media. Poet Sabrina Mahfouz, who collaborated with Cousins on 2016's ROSALIND, incorporates the dancers' own stories into her accompanying text. The score is by composer Torben Lars Sylvest. Epilogues premieres at the Jerwood Dance House at Dance East (where Within Her Eyes was originally created) on 8 and 9 February before touring.
Time(s)Feb 28, 7.45pm
LocationCorn Exchange
Price£17.50, concs £15.50
Telephone No.0845 521 8218
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Corn Exchange
AddressMarket Place
RG14 5BD
Telephone No.01635 522733
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