Eleven Executions 1988
Cast: Liz Aggiss, Maria Burton, Rachel Chaplin, Ellie Curtis, Virginia Farman, Kay Lynn, Sian Thomas.
Costume and Lighting: Christina Ure
A full-length dance theatre production loosely based on texts by German Expressionist playwright Frank Wedekind. Each performer embodies a character /archetype: Wedekind, Lulu, Kaiser, Moritz, Holtoff the Strongman, Fischmann the Dog. This ‘performance within a performance’, is overseen by a raging Ring Mistress. Each character confronts the sexual hypocrisy and bourgeois values that informed Wedekind’s writing. The structure of the performance is organised in precise sections that give each character a solo whilst the group takes on a chorus role. All performers are dressed in white and the production uses sculptural or frozen moments to ensure images are burnt into the space.
Premiere 15th February 1988 Spring Loaded, The Place, London
'This ballet of frustration translates a cry of
rage into a dance metaphor for a whole society’s anxiety’
.the chief pleasure here is the devoted reconstruction of Wedekindian irreverence
in the face of sexual and social mores – not completely out
of place in these straight-laced times’
References for Eleven Executions
Extracts available of the live performance, on DVD, in the book ‘Anarchic
Dance' by Liz Aggiss, Billy Cowie with Ian Bramley (Routledge)