Claire Cunningham / Great Britain

Give me a reason to live

choreography & performance: Claire Cunningham
lighting design:  Karsten Tinapp
sound design: Zoe Irvine
additional music: Nesciens Mater: Jean Mouton, Den Tod: JS Bach
costume: Shanti Freed
Mentors: Kristin De Groot (Bosch Project), Janice Parker (Scotland)
executtive producer: Nadja Dias
production manager: Gregor Knueppel
supported by the Bosch 500 Foundation, Dance Umbrella, Comune di Bassano del Grappa, La Briqueterie, D.ID Dance Identity, Festival CEMENT (NL), Dansateliers Rotterdam, The Work Room (Glasgow) and Dance House (Glasgow)
duration: 40 min

Give me a reason to live is a 40 min solo performance by Glasgow based choreographer Claire Cunningham inspired by the work of medieval Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch and set to a mesmerizing sound score by sound artist Zoe Irvine.

Exploring issues of religion, in particular religious art, alongside questions regarding judgement of bodies and quality of life, the work takes the form of a series of tests.  Tests of body and of faith. For the artist it is a study in the notion of empathy.

Give me a reason to live is dedicated to the approximately 70,000 disabled victims of the Nazi Aktion T4 euthanasia program and exists as a live memorial to these individuals and the current disabled victims of the present UK governments so-called ‘welfare reform’.

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