Rice Rain (2001)
Cast : Julia Burcham, Rainna Crudge, Andrew Franks, Becki Hodgson, Irene Mensah, David Mileman, Maria Pengelly, Ben Pierre, Mark Richardson, Andy Saunders.
Costume Holly Murray. Lighting Sean Phillips.
Singer : Kaori Murakami
Commissioned by Carousel for their integrated company High Spin, the work developed through collaborative workshops with the company in which visual images of Japan were explored. The performance was divided into two parts. The first half used sea and ceremony, the second half city life and Karaoke.
Premiere 8th March 2001 at De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill
'A touching journey by a woman whose shiny black
hat masked her face as she threw down her handkerchief and retrieved
and over again
as if reciting a litany………the first half closed impressively
with Ben Pierre in a long robe holding aloft an umbrella while rice rain
literally hailed down on him’.
References for Rice Rain
Extracts available of the live performance, on DVD,
in the book ‘Anarchic
Dance' by Liz Aggiss, Billy Cowie with Ian Bramley (Routledge)