Snakes examines the power of touch and the politics of being together, between collaborators, performers and audiences. In this project, Jia-Yu and Owen use live and recorded sound, Butoh influenced movement and installation to reimagine the Chinese legend of The White Snake, a story that insinuates the fear of female power and subsequent oppression of the feminine. Taking the stylistically macabre and carefully considered mindset of Butoh dance and referencing their own history and identity, they reinterpret the well-known image of the snake, a symbol of power, erotica and transformation to generate meaning through a continuous and mutually creative dialogue.
Drawing on sensations and emotional states emerging through their collaborative process, the project investigates the politics of gender and identity from their ostensibly defined perspectives.
Supported by Tanzhaus Zurich and Arts Council England through National Lottery Project Grants.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Jia-Yu Corti (b.1966 Taiwan) Began training in Chinese martial arts, ballet, butoh, and contemporary dance. Since receiving a BFA in Modern Dance (U of Utah) and MA in Choreography (LCDS), she has been performing, choreographing and teaching internationally. She is currently touring with Alexandra Bachzetsis, Alex Baczynsky-Jenkins and Trajal Harrell. This is her first collaboration with Owen.
Owen Ridley-DeMonick (b.1988 UK) is a dancer working across theatre and film and live performance. Owen trained at the Rambert School and has worked with Nigel Charnock, Danish Dance Theatre, Clod Ensemble, Lea Anderson, PunchDrunk, Tanztheater Wuppertal, Frauker Requardt, Alex Bachzynski Jenkins amongst others. He is currently dancing for Trajal Harrell and Alexandra Bachzetsis.