Some two years ago, French born Australian multi-disciplinary artist/choreographer, Cloé Fournier, teamed-up with dramaturg Peter Maple, and created the fierce, fiery crucible that would one day eventually forge a theatrical dance performance hot enough to melt the preconceived truths of accepted wisdom.
Inspired and pushed to break new boundaries by a new mentor/dramaturg, Vicki Van Hout (an Indigenous recipient of the Australia Council Dance Award and with a life-time of resplendent achievements) Cloé Fournier recently assembled a company of brave, brazenly talented women dancers and her long-gestating dance creation, MEA CULPA exploded onto the stage.
Cloé Fournier explains: “MEA CULPA invites the audience to reflect on our individual accountability within the current status quo by contemplating how this imagined world might operate” free from organised inequity, domination and killing.
Set to music composer James Brown’s original score and facilitated by lighting designer and production manager Frankie Clarke, MEA CULPA dramatically breaks the bondage of the straightjacket of all the assumptions that confine the human spirit.
Little by little, the dancers learn to risk shedding the snare of patriarchy, throw off the shackles of matriarchy, abandon the techno-corporate superstructure, and strip-off the vestments of inculcated repression.
The result? Vitality. Freedom. Bliss.
However arduous, unrelenting, messy, challengingly and regimentally orchestrated the hurdles on the journey to liberation, the fruits at the destination are sweet.
Form Dance Projects production MEA CULPA is playing the Riverside Theatres, Parramatta until the 19th October, 2019.