• Choreographer: Christopher Bruce
• Original Performance: Rambert Dance Company,
• Human Rights
• Prisoner of conscience definition
• “Any person who is physically restrained (by
imprisonment or otherwise) from expressing (in any form of
words or symbols) any opinion which he honestly holds and
which does not advocate or condone personal violence." We
also exclude those people who have conspired with a foreign
government to overthrow their own.”
• The work of Amnesty International
• Saying goodbye to a career as a dancer
• The experiences of Chilean poet Victor Jara
• The novel „A Man‟ by Oriana Fallaci
• Introduction followed by 7 sections.
• The victim remains on stage throughout and
performs a solo in section 3 which has motifs that are
repeated and/or developed in sections 5 and 7.
• Combination of solos, duets and trios
• By Phillip Chambon
• Electro-acoustic with digitally sampled sounds, vocals, a
reed pipe and popular dance rhythms.
• Unaccompanied interludes enable us to hear the tapping
of the feet.
• Composed in collaboration with the choreographer.
• By Christopher Bruce
• Everyday clothes associated with the role
• Uniforms for the interrogators –
deindividuation, dull, nameless
• Jeans and red t-shirt for the victim – faded salmon and
blue, shows weariness and a broken spirit
• By David Mohr
• Overhead lighting
• Diagonal shaft of light to suggest natural light from
• Footlights create shadows
SET AND PROPS
• Bare stage except from chair, suggests a cell
• Interrogators always exit stage right, suggests a door?
• Props – Chair, Canes, Cigarettes and a Red Nose are used
to degrade the victim.
• The Chair has many purposes, is used symbolically as a
weapon, a shield, shackles, a window, a safe place and
• Usually all male cast
• Has been done with all female
• Can be done with mixed gender as long as the two guards
are not of one gender and the prisoner of another as “this
suggests a gender issue rather than an issue of political