La Soupe (1990)
Divas Liz Aggiss, Jane Bassett, Virginia Farman, Sian Thomas, Ralf Higgins,
Parmjit Pammi (singer), and Carousel Dance Company (an integrated
company) : Joyce Francis, Eric Grantham, Edna Guy, Jane Hanson, Debbie
Harkin, Sarah Jackson, Martin Lake, Veronica Lee, Jackie Mathews, Clare
Matthews, Alison Mills, Colin Richardson, Valerie Rowe, Margaret Stamp,
La Soupe is an exotic dance / opera, inspired by the Outsider Art collection housed at La Fabuloserie, Dicy, France. The piece is based on the writings and poems of some of the performers with learning difficulties. Set in the Music Room at the Royal Pavilion this reads as a powerful statement about privilege exclusion and appropriation of culture. La Soupe is about liberating performance structures and beckons towards a rethinking of social and political boundaries.
Premiered 16th May 1990 Music Room Royal Pavilion Brighton.
Brighton Festival Alliance and Leicester Award 1990.
'Inspired by the extraordinary and sumptuous setting,
the piece draws on the lives and words of the Carousel performers themselves.
It is an evening
of cabaret with tableaux, group and solo pieces and is a fusion of music,
dance, theatre, architecture and culture.
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