Living with Sin asks how the Christian doctrine of original sin affects female identity. Strong colours, a cold, stark environment, expressive, simple choreography and a score of mbira cycles and drumming give the audience space to understand everything the woman wants to tell them and to develop a reaction to what is being seen.
One woman embodies womanhood throughout the ages. In her, all experiences are united.
Living with Sin has been screened at festivals in Argentina, Italy, and the UK, and I have been invited to present it at CrisisArt Festival in August 2014.
I have recreated Living with Sin as a live performance to reach a wider audience and to see how taking it off the screen will affect the audience.
It has been performed as part of “Perpetuo presents… Cityscapes” at 47/49 Tanner Street, “MOVEment for Change” by Artivism Dance Theatre at The Broadway Theatre Barking, Fiver Friday Triple Bill at Chisenhale Dance Space and at the Fourth Kaleidoscopic Arts Platform.
Artistic direction and choreography: Lucia Schweigert
Director of photography and editor: Lizzie J Klotz
Original music for the film: Nancy May Roberts
Performance music: The Quiet City by Aaron Copland
Performance (film): Jonna Tideman
Performance (live): Kathy Richardson
Film length: 8.45 minutes
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