Audrée Juteau, Sara Hanley
Deborah Dunn has nurtured an urge to create a work inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando for many years. Orlando, Woolf's protagonist, begins his life as a boy in the Elizabethan era and becomes a woman in the Romantic era. By the time the novel ends, she is four hundred years old. Woolf’s novel is a light-hearted teasing-out of the assumptions that lie behind the conventions for writing about a fictional or historical life. And like Woolf, Dunn wants to question the conventions of biography, juxtaposing the banal with the grandiose, daily life with the heroic. The choreography of Dunn's Orlando will balance the formal language of historical dancing with the individual expression of the characters, which will be developed in collaboration with each interpreter. Ornate costume, sensual music, and a subtle, twisted humour will accompany the dancers as they sweep through time. Dunn does not wish to eradicate her narrative and historical interests but rather to challenge them, to bring them into the present and to shine a light on the yearning they express.