Napier’s historic Municipal Theatre will host an exemplary piece of contemporary performance this October as part of the Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival. The highly acclaimed Triumphs and Other Alternatives has enjoyed sell out shows and standing ovations since it premiered in Wellington in April 2015.
The work, which collides sculpture with gutsy performance to create an original and visceral new style of dance theatre, is a “must-see” performance, says Festival Director Pitsch Leiser. “This is a highly innovative and breathtakingly beautiful work,” says Pitsch. “It’s one of those performances that will stay with you for a long time.”
Combining dance, visual art, clowning, design, and theatre craft, Triumphs and Other Alternatives explores the obsessiveness and traps of the creative process, demonstrating a delusional joy that the act of creating can bring forth. The show follows a vulnerable, delightful, obsessive and narcissistic character, played by Ross McCormack, relentless in his need to create, and his desire to leave his mark on the world.
Triumphs and Other Alternatives represents a new way of presenting dance, design and storytelling. Set within a very literal world onstage – the artist’s workshop, the show opens up the curiosity surrounding the artistic process, how artists make their work and what drives them. The design is incredibly powerful and the movement highly virtuosic, complete with a real set, body paint, and no reliance on technology such as audiovisual.
The choreographer and lead performer, Ross McCormack,has enjoyed a stellar international performance career as a member of Belgium’s renowned Les Ballets C de la B Company for ten years. He has recently returned to New Zealand and established Muscle Mouth – a multifaceted company specialising in new forms of visual dance theatre and performance installation.
Triumphs and Other Alternatives is the company’s second full-length performance work in New Zealand. Performing alongside McCormack are dancers Emily Adams and Xin Ji.Triumphs and Other Alternatives also features original light design by Natasha James and sound design by sonic artist Jason Wright.
“Choreographer Ross McCormack's Triumphs and Other Alternatives certainly lives up to its name. It is a triumph. ...One can see why he had such a stellar career for 10 years with Les Ballets C de la B. His stage presence is magnetic.” Dominion Post, April 2015
Harcourts Hawke’s Bay Arts Festival
4th – 16th October