Dance show Missing set for series of performances in 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Poignant duet about lives left in limbo inspired by real events performed by Dublin-based CoisCéim Dance Theatre
This article is from 2014.
An average of 8000 people are reported missing in Ireland every year. While the majority are found, those who remain untraced leave behind a sea of heartbreak and unanswered questions.
‘I’m interested in creating dances that are emotional and have a narrative,’ says director, David Bolger. ‘And with Missing, I was looking for a dance vocabulary that would convey the sheer emotion associated with the disappearance of a family member, loved one or friend.
‘But it was also important be true to the subject – to honour the missing and be respectful to the families left behind.’
A male/female duet, featuring movement and text, Missing was in part inspired by a woman from Bolger’s own neighbourhood.
‘Everyday on the way to the studio, I passed a missing person poster taped to a lamppost at the end of my street,’ recalls Bolger. ‘A woman in her mid-30s who had been missing from the Christmas of 2012. As the days and weeks passed I could see her image on the poster fading.
‘It reminded me about the importance of remembering missing people, and how it affects communities on a deeply rooted level.’
Dance Base, 225 5525, 2–24 Aug (not 4, 11, 18), 6pm, £8--£10 (£6--£8). Preview 1 Aug, £8 (£6).