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Get Entangled!

Get Entangled!

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Get Entangled!
1-3 March, 2007
Gryphon Theatre (22 Ghuznee St., Wellington)
Premiering in the Wellington Fringe Festival, 2007
Choreographed & Directed by Jill Menard

Welcome to the age of genetic engineering where any form of plant, material or animal can be combined using the latest technology with DNA transplanting and gene splicing. Nature can combine varieties of a similar genus, such as apples, forming new breeds. But where in nature would you ever see a toad merging with a potato? These bizarre genetic entanglements have scaped the lab; all around the world these mutations are being released into nature and guess what, we are the guinea pigs! Should we trust that the scientists know what they are doing or should we fear that this huge world-wide experiment may take a turn for the worse, with irreversible results? Are these the last years of true, authentic life?

Since the dawn of time, the human mind has possessed the capacity to question everything in this world, concocting various explanations and meanings for these discoveries. Everyone develops their own perspective this way, with no two people having the same exact belief system. We cling to these individual likes and dislikes for the rest of our lives (“I’ve never liked oranges”) Yet often we are found following the path of least resistance - the path that the majority of society believes is “right.” Certain opinions are observed by the masses, such as the fact that yellow is always a happy colour and black is often a depressed, sad colour. But how can anything ever be determined as “right”? Life, judgment, opinions, relationships, and society are always changing, with no set of ideals or morals that are perfect for everyone.

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Come and get entangled with these controversial questions with the FERN DANCE THEATRE in this powerful, imaginative, thought-provoking exploration into life, the future, and the age of technology. Containing quirky dances, extraordinary movement, startling observations, lively debates, humorous animation, wild videos, and plenty of speculation and confusion, this show is bound to impact the audience (and the performers!).

The FERN DANCE THEATRE prides itself on using a wide range of dance styles and performers, allowing for truth and originality to shine forth on stage. The cast will consist of 6 semi-professional dancers (ages 16+) with 2 understudies (ages 14-16). All the dancers will be included in the creation of this show, keeping the overall opinions from becoming one-sided or biased. The opportunity for audience participation and sharing of opinions may be included as well.

Above all else, the purpose of this show is to question the necessity of this huge global experiment and how it will impact life as we know it… and to engage the audience in a diverse, energetic, entangled dance show!


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