Cast :Liz Aggiss (Bride), Chloe Wright(Groom)
4th Feb 1996 with Colette Sadler (Bride) Liz Aggiss (Groom).
Live music : Billy Cowie (piano), Anne Stephenson (violin),
Sian Bell (cello), Amanda Morrison (soprano).
Costume Kate Strachan. Lighting Jeff Baynes.
Commissioned by University of Surrey’s Choreographic
Laboratory, The Fetching Bride is an erotic black satire and an exploration
and masochism, charting a downward spiral from innocence and naivety, through
to corruption and death.
Premiere 20th April 1995 University of Surrey Border
‘a furious satire on the casulty of matrimonial illusions wrapped
up in beautiful belcanto operatic singing’
‘Fundamentally, this choreography which Aggiss and Cowie have worked on
together, deals with a similar theme to William Forsythe with his very
popular ‘love songs’ which show an alarming contradiction
between the beautiful relationship that exists beween man and wife.
piece is uncomparably more brutal and direct in portraying the sadistic
obsessions and the masochistic sufferings of an almost appreciative
Bernd Krause Reutlinger General-Anzeiger (Stuttgart)
References for The Fetching Bride
Aggiss, L, Cowie, B. Bramley, I (2006) Anarchic Dance : Chapter by Carol
Krause, B. (July 1995) Sadistischer Herr und Sklavin. Reutlinger General-Anzeiger
Speer, M. (July 1995) Zur arie sadistische Liebesspiele Schwarzwalder
Vangeli, N. (Feb 1996) Reviews from the Spring Collection at the Queen
Elizabeth Hall. Svet a Divadlo (Czech magazine) The World and the Theatre)
Very British : Kultur in der region. (11 July 1995) Beitigheimer Zeitung
Von Helge, M. (12 July 1995) Der schone schein und die wirklichkeit. Esslinger Zeitung
Extracts available of the live performance,
on DVD, in the book ‘Anarchic
Dance’ by Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie with Ian Bramley (Routledge)