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EXPEDITIONS II (article first published : 2004-08-14)

Four diverse works from the First Physical Theatre Company are set to take audiences on an emotional roller-coaster ride at the St Anne's Festival in August.

From the ominous and foreboding She had a sinking feeling to an up-beat and delightfully frivolous romp in Gary Gordon's Money, Expeditions II has two performances only on August 16 and 17 at the St Anne's Theatre, Hilton.

Bailey Snyman's She had a sinking feeling, choreographed 80 feet below the surface premiered at the FNB Dance Umbrella, and at the National Arts Festival. Inspired by Michael Cawood Green's verse novella, She had a sinking feeling uses comedy, multi-media, and an implosion of physical theatre to trace the premonition of the young girl to whom everyone refused to listen.

A pleasurable play with a Bach concerto and an intricate duet, Gary Gordon's One Long Breath indulges in the score with delightful physicality. A digression from Gordon's recognised brand of physical theatre, One Long Breath is unloaded with meaning yet loaded with physical complexity.

Money choreographed by Gary Gordon in 1999 is "Gordon lite ... stylishly splashing about the lolly" (Adrienne Sichel, The Star), and a delightfully frivolous romp.

Bailey Snyman and Penny Ho Hin feature in Snyman's latest duet - a quirky physical theatre piece which premieres at the St Anne's Festival.

The original Expeditions at the National Arts Festival in July 2003 was celebrated as an "astonishing and transporting" programme and Anton Krueger for the Cue wrote "It seems the First Physical Theatre Company can't put a foot wrong."

The performances take place at The St Anne's Theatre on August 16 and 17 at 20h00.

More information from Calum Stevenson on 046 622 3897, e-mail: C.Stevenson@ru.ac.za or visit www.ru.ac.za/firstphysical

First Physical Theatre Company is supported by Rhodes University, The National Arts Council and The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.




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