THEVARS is a contemporary dance theatre and film ensemble centred around the work of Canadian choreographer Gabreïl Spiegelschrift.

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Caoineadh Pheirseifine
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  • <p>Caoineadh Pheirseifine</p>
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  • <p>Caoineadh Pheirseifine</p>
  • <p>Caoineadh Pheirseifine</p>
  • <p>Caoineadh Pheirseifine</p>
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Caoineadh Pheirseifine - 2005

Lachóigín sa choill

Persephone's Lament
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'sLes 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.

technical details

  • producer
    Homo Technologicus Productions
  • created and choreographed by
    Gabreïl Spiegelschrift
  • developed with/performed by
    Karen Rose
  • costume
    Honey Garlic
  • set
    G. Spiegelschrift, A. Thompson & Aarron Michelsen
  • thanks & dedications
    director of photography:
    Randy “ROADKILL” McKeown

    camera operators:
    Fraser Goulding
    R. McKeown

    still photography:
    Evy Wevy
    G. Spiegelschrift

    B. A. D.

    production assistant:
    Evan Cameron Clark

    Paula Jadinski
    Leslie MacDonald
    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.

  • premiere
  • language
    gaeilge, english

photo Gabreïl Spiegelschrift

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