Mary Anning was a female fossil hunter in early 19th century in Britain. “The Curio Cabinet” draws inspiration from this remarkable palaeontologist and the creatures she discovered, her male contemporaries and the shifting social structures of the time.
Performed by 2 males and 2 females, gender roles are examined and status struggles are at play in a world that is governed by the laws of survival of the fittest. This is a world of hidden secrets inhabited by archaic creatures, crumbling fossils and terrible lizards. Stark delineation of spatial territory reflects the social structures of the time. Striking costumes by Neil Davies reference both the restrictive fashions of the 19th century and the prehistoric fossils that became so fashionable to collect.
Deborah Light is an independent choreographer and dance artist based in Cardiff. Her work spans stage, installation and site based performance as well as image based projects. Her visceral and visually striking work has been presented and commissioned internationally since graduating from Laban. She has received a Creative Wales Award (2009) shortlisted as a Place Prize semi finalist (2010) and is an associate artist at Chapter. Deborah brings together talented artists from across disciplines to collaborate on her projects, this team currently includes Jo Fong (Rosas, DV8), Eddie Ladd (Volcano, Brith Gof), Rosalind Hâf Brooks (Earthfall), Sion Orgon, Neil Davies.
Using the body as her primary tool, Deborah’s work is an enquiry into the multiplicity of human nature. This provides a catalyst to create revealing works characterized by sophisticated layering of references, disarming honesty and a sense of subtlety. Deborah has developed a distinctive aesthetic that is minimal and stark, driven by powerful images, bare scenography and intriguing costumes. She creates worlds where the familiar can transform to the mysterious this is often laced with subtle humour and dark undertones.