It's not often that we have the opportunity to see more than one work at a time from an independent choreographer. That's why it's exciting that WA's Rachel Arianne Ogle will be presenting her 2014 work precipice, and its 2019 sequel, i have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night, in consecutive seasons in Perth this June.
Inspired by tectonic shifts, gravitational torsion and states of emotional rupture, precipice sees a dance of abandon and precarious control unfold within an installation of light designed by Benjamin Cisterne and sound by Luke Smiles. This season of precipice will be performed by Linton Aberle, Niharika Senapati, Yilin Kong and Tyrone Robinson.
i have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night had its debut at Melbourne’s Dance Massive in March of this year. Bringing together the same creative team as precipice, the new work is a cinematic installation of improvised light and sound, in which a single human body (Ogle) becomes an abstracted focal point within an unfolding science fiction odyssey. The work explores states of transition and the synergy between light, sound and the body, offering audiences a meditation on time, perspective and the moment of death.
precipice plays the State Theatre Centre of WA, 29 May – 1 June and i have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night plays PICA Performance Space, 5-8 June.
Pictured top: Storm Helmore and Tyrone Robinson in Rachel Arianne Ogle's 'precipice' (2014). Photo: Traianos Pakioufakis.