Call us toll free:
Top notch Multipurpose WordPress Theme!
Call us toll free:

Broken Doll

25 Mar 2014 by In

Broken Doll

Choreographer

I spent five months apprenticing a puppeteer in the Czech Republic learning how to carve marionettes out of a block of wood using a chisel. Both the limitations- and possibilities within those limitations - of the puppet's movement vocabulary is something I have always wanted to revisit and create a piece around. 
 
Christin and I started work on this piece by video-taping old toys, puppets and dolls to better understand "how they moved." What external forces triggered internal mechanism (if any) and in what isolated or disconnected ways. The movement vocabulary for the piece is largely generated from these observations. The music is created by found sounds with the exception of the female vocalist, whose lyrics question the contradictory desire to both break out of/adhere to a mold. I decided to create a dichotomy of movement that played between the study of the mechanical ways in which toys move, and the soulful movement of a conflicted woman. Dolls, similar to puppets cannot be activated without external manipulation. Often they are objects simply to be looked and admired for their external beauty. They are perfect, and females are prone from early childhood to strive for the same outward perfection. Women are considered fragile, and the fear of breaking them less they too openly demonstrate emotion or 'hysteria' is a burden placed on them by society. 
 
This piece reflects the inner struggle of a broken woman trapped behind the artifice of perfection.
Collaborators

Dancer: Christin Meador