Caoineadh Pheirseifine - 2005
Lachóigín sa choill
A pretty girl in the woods
Gabreïl Spiegelschrift returns to the fields and forests of his youth with the cinematic reworking of the ‘Wind: Persephone Solo’ (1995). Acclaimed dancer Karen Rose, as Persephone, boldly refines the intricate theatrical psychology and pithy character dance into a beautiful but sorrowful lament, literally bound, in this Goidelic-themed contemporary examination of the complex and contrasting dualism of the Innocent Maiden – ruthless Queen of the Underworld. Initially choreographed with and performed by Nichole LaRochelle, and presented along with the works of choreographer D.A. Hoskins in Antonia Thompson's dancefilm ‘Earth, Wind and the Underground’ (1995), this incarnation, under Gabreïl's direction, elaborates on the conflicting neoclassical motifs and inspirations from de Sade's ‘Les 120 journées de Sodome ou l'école du libertinage.’
Adapted from a series of poems, ‘Excerpts of Vanessa - Persephone's Songs’ written by teenage Gabreïl, the solo was originally conceived as a modern retelling of the Hades and Persephone stories. A fractured ‘duet’ of a man and a woman solo joined by a rope bound to one leg that ran through a series of pulleys that would adjust the positions of the dancers accordingly. For the Persephone portion the imagery of the of the young female heroine, with eternal ennui, caught in the phantom winds of the underworld were juxtaposed to the controlled sleek movements of Hades represented as an archer hanging inverted from the attached rope.
Re-Envisioned for film in 1995, the female solo maintained the inspiration with the role of Hades transformed into an ever present third party voyeur. Stylistically the solo represented Gabreïl's boldest foray into interrupting the technique of Graham based modern dance to balance with the aesthetic of D.A. Hoskins and Antonia Thompson's vision. The power house technicality of Nichole LaRochelle was displayed as distinctly strong and distinctly feminine.
Confined to autumn and winter schedule, exterior filming began in the fall of 2004 through 2007. A theatric presentation of the solo ‘Lachóigín sa choill’ (2009) has been adapted from the film.
Homo Technologicus Productions
- created and choreographed by
- developed with/performed by
G. Spiegelschrift, A. Thompson & Aarron Michelsen
- thanks & dedications
director of photography:
Randy “ROADKILL” McKeown
B. A. D.
Evan Cameron Clark
Karen MacPherson Clark
rope wrangling and training:
Evan Cameron Clark
Thanks to the administration and crew at the River Run Centre, Guelph.
Special thanks to Sunny, Mark & Toni, Jim & Sue, family and friends. Ev for the help and Karen for being so brave.
This film made possible by the support of James Malcolm
For Vanessa Nicole Bauman
Filmed on location in Belwood, Elora, Fergus and Guelph, Ontario.
photo GabreÃ¯l Spiegelschrift
- ‘Lachóigín sa choill’ (2009) is the theatric realization of the dancefilm ‘Caoineadh Pheirseifine’ (2009), Gabreïl Spiegelschrift's cinematic reworking of the ‘Wind: Persephone Solo’ (1995). Acclaimed dancer Karen Rose, as Persephone, boldly refines the intricate theatrical psychology and pithy character dance into a beautiful but sorrowful lament, literally bound, in this Goidelic-themed contemporary examination of the complex and contrasting dualism of the Innocent Maiden – ruthless Queen of the Underworlddeveloped06
(Caoineadh Pheirseifine) le banrinceor agus rópa
created and choreographed by : Gabreïl Spiegelschrift
developed with/performed by: Karen RoseContrasting styles and idioms bound, literally, this contemporary psychological retelling of the complex dualism of Persephone: Innocent Maiden and ruthless Queen of the Underworld.95
Persephone Solo | a film by Antonia Thompson
director: Antonia Thompson
dance created and choreographed by : Gabreïl Spiegelschrift/ Antonia Thompson
developed with/performed by: Nichole LaRochelle