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

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Lachóigín sa choill
  • <p>Lachóigín sa choill</p>
  • <p>Lachóigín sa choill</p>
  • <p>Lachóigín sa choill</p>
  • <p>Lachóigín sa choill</p>
  • <p>Lachóigín sa choill</p>
  • <p>Lachóigín sa choill</p>
  • <p>Lachóigín sa choill</p>

Lachóigín sa choill - 2006

(Caoineadh Pheirseifine) le banrinceor agus rópa

A Pretty Girl in the Woods
(Persephone's Lament) for solo female dancer and rope

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 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 aesthetic of Graham based modern dance to balance with the aesthetic of D.A. Hoskins and Antonia Thomson's vision. The power house technicality of Nichole LaRochelle was displayed as distinctly strong and distinctly feminine.

technical details

  • created and choreographed by
    Gabreïl Spiegelschrift
  • developed with/performed by
    Karen Rose
  • costume
    Honey Garlic
  • set
    G. Spiegelschrift, A. Thompson & Aarron Michelsen
  • premiere


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