Award-winning choreographer Suzanne Cowan's bold autobiographical work combines a powerful combination of dance, film and theatre, showcasing her subversive disability humour through a surreal dream/landscape that captures her experience of a fluid identity.
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From award-winning choreographer Suzanne Cowan, comes a bold autobiographical work, Manifesto of a Good Cripple.
Following 2019's sold-out premiere season, Manifesto of a Good Cripple has been reimagined into a powerful combination of dance, film and theatre, uniting the essence of Cowan's 20-year dance career with subversive disability humour, within a surreal dream/landscape that captures her experience of a fluid identity.
"...each artistic choice produces a feast of perceptual and metaphorical intelligence." - Theatre Review, Felicity Malloy
Cowan takes the audience on a journey of how identity and body become synonymous with the landscapes that we move through, not just as a backdrop but as a visceral etching into our cellular memory. The fragility of identity is a recurring motif that Cowan embodies through her disruptive choreography.
From road tripping through the freezing, blizzard-swept Canadian Rockies to the highlights of performing at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Cowan reconfigures these experiences as a rich score of movement, sound, image and text, imbued with her unique perspective, and crystallised in her Manifesto statement as the antidote to inspiration porn.
The filmic backdrop is derived from archival footage and photographs which locate Cowan’s evolution as a performer and choreographer.
"... a series of short dances on key themes, and the presentation of two wickedly witty manifestos which play along the boundaries of political correctness and offer wry wisdom but nevertheless hit home with the audience." - Theatre Review - Raewyn Whyte
Creator/performer: Suzanne Cowan
Lighting design: Sean Curham
Video Editor: Adam Luka Turjak
Production stills: Alyx Duncan
Choreographic Advisor: Claire Luiten
Composer: Charlie Ha
Sound design: Kristian Larson
Dramaturgical advice: Nisha Madhan, Lara Liew, Margaret Mary Hollins
A young writer encounters an older director on an empty stage.
She wants awe. She wants blood. She wants to change the shape of the world.
Beautifully yearning and uncompromisingly savage, this is theatre with a new set of teeth.
Heather and Carla haven't seen each other in years. Carla lives a down and out hand-to-mouth existence while Heather looks like she has it all. During an unexpected catch up, Heather presents Carla with a bag of money and a deadly proposition. At once thrilling and darkly funny, ‘THE WASP’ written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm is a sharp reminder that if you don’t deal with your past you should expect it to deal with you.