Whispers from Pandora’s Box was a commission for the New Zealand Dance Company's 'The Absurdity of Humanity' season. Premiering at the Q Theatre, Auckland in August 2016, the work was a theatrical exposition on the dichotomy of good and evil within human nature. With a score created from mashed up film soundtracks and absurdist scores, this black comedy contains Elizabethan-period inspired costumes, David Lynch style elements, and shockingly timed fight sequences. This work promises to present both the macabre and humorous. Kill Bill meets Elizabeth I in this romp of surreal and action-packed pandemonium.
Whispers from pandora's Box
'One's Wicked Ways' was a commission by Australian Dance Theatre, for their Ignition season of 'History'. Premiering at AC Arts Main theatre, Adelaide, July 2016, the work utilises humor and an almost obscene and absurd bravado - danced and embodied - to represent and scrutinise 'high societies' and their indulgent nature; a reflection on our propensity toward perverse pleasures and gluttony. It is wickedly entertaining, humorous, discomfiting and ultimately provocative.
Set in a historic period, the work questions the human condition and its inherent behaviours. The consequences of history form the foundation of our daily life, yet are we actually learning from the innumerable signposts from our past?
The work began as a research topic, presented within university contexts as choreography for students at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2012, where I created a 13-minute piece with a cast of twelve dancers. One’s Wicked Ways has now undergone considerable development and, with the cast of Australian Dance Theatre, evolved into a refined, sophisticated and poignant work that delves in to the weft and warp of the complex issues of today.
One's Wicked Ways
Photo: Tony Lewis
'...One’s Wicked Ways is funny and serious and highly engaging, Limosani’s deft timing and acute sense of theatre making it clear why she was awarded the 2015 Ausdance Peggy van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship.'
MAGGIE TONKIN - DANCE AUSTRALIA
'...One’s Wicked Ways is much more than an historical image of a bygone era; it also is a salient reminder that any political group that becomes too removed from the people will itself be removed.'
'...This was one of several delightful comic sequences which had the audience laughing at the antics of the dancers – an uncommon occurrence with most contemporary dance.'
JOHN DALY=PEOPLES NBR WEEKEND REVIEW
'...WFPB is a well crafted and wonderfully danced piece of contemporary performance. A fun, high-spirited romp for sure.'
PAUL YOUNG DANCE AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND
'...Following the tone of the initial scene, the work is a gratuitously hysterical and violent performance. The scenes of insanity and depravity are comical, accompanied by gimmicky sound effects and a carnival-esque soundtrack to complement the clown-like characters. It feels like a circus-themed Tom and Jerry, and draws many laughs from the audience.