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Masquerade

An excursion into the inner spheres of the sleeping mind



‘Maresa von Stockert has a choreographic sensibility that’s all her own, a mix of intellectual and sensory scrupulousness that makes her work strikingly original.’

Judith Mackrell, The Guardian, February 2011





Year :
2011 - 2012

Credits :
Danced by and created with Amy Bell, Joy Constantinides, Jake Ingram-Dodd, Stephanie McMann, Simon Palmer, Louise Tanoto, Natalia Thorn
NSCD Apprenticeship dancer Anna Richmond
Sound Design Jeremy Cox
Masks John Schoonraad
Costume Design Sayako Kaibuchi
Lighting Design Sarah Gilmartin
Set Design Maresa von Stockert
Production Manager Robin Shepard Blandy
Choreography & Direction Maresa von Stockert


Masquerade is inspired by Freud’s interpretation of dreams and the Surrealist movement of the mid 20th century and its fascination with the subconscious, eroticism & death and the mystery of time.

Feasting the eyes and provoking the mind, six outstanding dancers aged between 25 and 60 turn bone structures liquid and de- & re-construct bodies and their secrets.

Maresa von Stockert has collaborated with renowned SFX artist John Schoonraad who has created delicately sculpted faces and prosthetics that are brought to life by the performers and are an integral and intricate part of the piece’s physical poetry.

Evoking vivid imagery from the beautifully macabre to the violently sensual, Masquerade invites you to leave the rules of reason behind and dive into a dreamlike world that gives free rein to the choreographer’s ‘scrupulously focused yet wildly hallucinatory’ (the Guardian) imagination.


UK tour January – March 2011. Colchester Mercury Theatre, Watford palace Theatre, Portsmouth New Theatre, The Riley Theatre Leeds, Deda, Cambridge The Junction, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Worcester Swan Theatre, Norden farm Centre for the Arts, The Place London, Bath SPA Live, DanceXchange. The latest version of Masquerade was created for and performed at the Fish & Chips Festival at Atelier231, Sotteville les Rouen, France in January 2012.

Funded by Arts Council England. Supported by Mercury Theatre Colchester, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, LABAN, DanceDigital, Atelier231 Sotteville les Rouen.

Running time: 65 minutes

Press:

‘Maresa von Stockert has a choreographic sensibility that’s all her own, a mix of intellectual and sensory scrupulousness that makes her work strikingly original.’

Judith Mackrell, The Guardian, February 2011

 

‘This gently warped, oneiric world is filled with an often vigorous physicality that can border on the acrobatic… von Stockert’s hallucinatory foray into the subconscious is likely to tickle just about everyone’s fancies.’

Donald Hutera, The Times, January 2011

 

‘Von Stockert and her Tilted Productions dancers fuse dance, drama and physical theatre like no other company. Playful, curious and ever-startling, Masquerade has a rich vein of whacky humour.

Kevin Berry, The Stage, February 2011

 

‘If Dancing Times awarded stars, I would not hesitate to offer Masquerade a full constellation.’

Ian Palmer, The Dancing Times

 

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Masquerade – Maresa von Stockert’s Tilted Productions from Jeremy Cox on Vimeo.