Achille, Bianca Adefarakan (singer), Liz Aggiss, Liesje Cole, Tig Evans,
Hazel Finnis, Leonora Green, Lisa Haight, Siou Hannam, Doris
Harman, China King, Mim King, Soile Lahdenpera, Nusara Mai-Ngarm, Pauline
Rennison, Emily Shaw, Lois Underwood.
Live Music: Juliet Russell (lead singer) cellists: Marjorie Ashenden,
Anna Copley, Lucy East, Gret Hopkins, Emma Stevens.
Costume Christina Ure.
Commissioned by the Gardner Arts Centre Brighton, No Man’s Land is
a performance for seventeen women and one main singer, aged 9 – 60
and accompanied by Polish poems set to music, sung live and accompanied
by cellos. The piece is a celebration of difference and diversity, and
the collective and individual presence.
Premiere 28th October 1993 Gardner Arts Centre.
‘A stageful of women dancers dressed in white is a not uncommon vision
ballet. Swan maidens, ghostly bayaderes, vengeful wilis – they
all embody a (male) choreographer’s fantasy of perfect beauty and
perfect form. In Divas unmissably titled ‘No Man’s Land’ the
small stage at the Lilian Baylis Theatre is crammed with four cellists,
and 18 dancers – all of them women, and all in white frocks. But
it is the images of choreographer Liz Aggiss they are dancing and, in
their sleek assortment of size and shape they are not adapting to anyone’s
idea of perfection except perhaps their own’
Judith Mackrell The Independent
‘Anyone who saw Divas dance company in its infancy will remember Liz Aggiss
and her crew of besuited, stiletto wearing Brighton women, whose otherwise
unconventionl appearance was intensified by the scowling, hard-edge
non-confromity of Aggiss’s brand of movement theatre. These days, Divas
is a more relaxed creature, as likely to make fun of itself as to challenge
of who and what belongs on the dance stage.’
Sophie Constanti the Guardian
References for No Man's Land
Aggiss, L, Cowie B Bramley,
I (2006) Anarchic Dance : Chapter by Carol Brown. Routledge
Constanti, S. (1993 December 17). Divas Lilian Baylis. The Guardian
Mackrell, J. (1993 December 18) Domestic Science. Independent
Meisner, N (Dec 1993) All the Wrong Moves The Times
Parry, J. (1993 December 19). Dance. Observer
Whitehead, J. (1993 December 9). Fresh, unpredictable and probably
addictive. The Stage
Extracts available of the live performance, on DVD, in the book ‘Anarchic
Dance’ by Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie with Ian Bramley (Routledge)