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REHEARSAL FOR DEATH (AN ODE TO FRANCESCA)- Review
Rehearsal for death is a short (35 mins) dance performance that takes the work and life of Francesca Woodman as inspiration. Woodman’s photographs captured her own youthful body in playful repose against decaying buildings, simple props and stark interiors. In Rehearsal for death the dancer’s bodies, Rebekah Stuart and Sophie Thompson invoke the same mood and choreography of woodman’s photographs while perhaps showcasing the playful processes that allowed the photographs to originate. In woodman’s photographs and the dance a fascination with the fleeting beauty of youthful flesh and its inevitable death are explored. In one phrase Sophie Thompson pulls at her flesh as if discovering for the first time her own mortality. In another, Rebekah Stuart explores a ritualistic cycle, jumping from a box like coffin, each fall revelling in the drama and beautiful melancholy of what could be an act of suicide. As the dance unfolds death proves t…

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