Set to Wes Wragget’s haunting score for accordion and tape, Quartet for Cannibals is a choreographic interpretation of ideas and images from the work of Susan Sontag, particularly her book Illness as Metaphor. Working with four extraordinary dancers (Wendy Chiles, Roberta Mohler, Claudia Moore, Jeannie Teillet) I investigated the pathology, sociology and mythology of four diseases, each emblematic of its era: hysteria, cholera, consumption, and cancer. Together we created a dark and strange dance with currents of absurd humour flowing throughout. Initially presented in a festival of 10 Toronto Independent Choreographers produced by Pavlychenko Studio (Kathryn Brown & Susan Cash, Artistic Directors), Quartet for Cannibals was a favourite with audiences and critics. Also in this historic festival at Nathan Cohen Theatre, YPT, were Anna Blewchamp, Kathryn Brown, Susan Cash, Murrary Darroch, Nancy Ferguson, Gabby Micelli (Kamino), Susan McNaughton, Claudia Moore and David Wood.
Photographer: Dave Davis