Sluts of Possession brings some extreme physicality to 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

This article is from 2013

Sluts of Possession

Sound, vision and physicality from Rosie Kay and Guilherme Miotto

Driven by what she calls ‘a deep desire to try to understand the human condition in new ways, and how meaning can be explored through the body as well as through language’, Rosie Kay is transforming herself into a possessed slut.

Sluts of Possession is the deliberately provocative name of the new duet that the UK choreographer and Fringe veteran has created with dancer Guilherme Miotto (Kay’s fellow inmate in the 2005’s Asylum) and filmmaker Louis Price. ‘It’s not pretty,’ says Kay of the title. ‘It’s out there. But it’s going to be a full-on show. Guilherme and I are very intense, experienced performers interested in going to new places together.’

The show has arisen out of Kay’s plunge into the hallowed halls of academia as – get ready for it – resident artist of the Unit for Biocultural Variation and Obesity in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford. If there’s anyone who can crash through the fusty walls of higher education, it’s Kay.

‘I’ve always been interested in creating raw, visceral, highly athletic work,’ she says, ‘but it’s becoming more honed into a body of work dealing with specific areas of extreme physicality.’ In Sluts of Possession, she’s combining primal emotions, dynamic movement and archive video and sound in what should be an exciting, even dangerous synergy of overlapping, layered forms of expression.

Kay’s new work is part of a bigger concept, Acts of Possession – a versatile entity that works indoors and outdoors, in theatres, galleries or museums, in digital form or as a lecture. For her it’s about ‘challenging ways in which a piece of work exists and can be experienced’. Her ultimate goal? ‘To get the audience to feel immersed in whatever they encounter.’

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Sluts of Possession

Prepare to experience a sensual, disturbing and thought provoking duet that grabs you by the hand and thrusts you deep into a primitive and possessed state. Previous Edinburgh successes Rosie Kay and Guilherme Miotto join forces with film-maker Louis Price to create a dynamic fusion of dance and film that will burn its…