Assisted Solo is a new, multi-layered, personal dance piece by acclaimed choreographer Philip Connaughton, his long-time collaborator Lucia Kickham and French dance artist Magali Caillet. This show will be performed at The Everyman, Cork on September 22, 2018, after a critically acclaimed run at the Dublin Fringe Festival.
This funny and touching work explores Philip’s relationship with his mother, as she experiences advanced dementia, whilst also celebrating the roles we, as a society, play in ‘assisting’ each other through life. The artists are joined on stage with a intimate present day film of Philip’s mother, Madeleine, shot by Luca Truffarelli, which will play throughout the piece as each artist assists each other in their own dance.
Madeleine’s loving presence within the dance piece will make us question how we, as a society, deal with the ageing body, whilst also celebrating the final days of her ‘solo’.
Philip Connaughton, founder of the Company says: “The dynamics of my relationship with my mother have greatly changed over the last few years, as I have become one of her carers, whilst she lives with dementia. Our evolved bond has really opened my eyes into seeing how we as a society address our older generations and the illness. As dancer I am well versed in supporting my fellow dancers in our movements. With Assisted Solo I want to explore and highlight how important it is that we all support each other to live our best ‘solo’.
This humorous and clever show is not to be missed. Tickets €20, €18 concession, €9 for students, are on sale from The Everyman Box Office, or online everymancork.com.
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