Capetonian choreographer Nicola Eilliott is the first 2012 Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary winner. The bursary which is presented by the Theatre Arts Admin Collective, GIPCA and the Baxter Theatre Centre, and supported by the Distell Foundation.
Inspired by Claudio Stellato’s L’Autre,Fragile explores performer presence and the performance of the moment. Elliott will combine theatre and dance, realism and abstraction into philosophical collage. Through a series of carefully crafted (and carefully jumbled) non-literal choreographic portraits, audience members will negotiate the boundaries of beauty, ugliness, stark form, and seemingly unpredictable chaos that make up complex personality and its performance. Working for the first time with award-winning theatre practitioner Jori Snell, Elliott’s Fragile promises its audience a unique, exciting and savagely precarious theatrical experience.
Elliott grew up in Cape Town and in 2010 received a Master’s Degree in Drama from Rhodes University in Grahamstown. She has taught at the Rhodes Drama Department, choreographed and performed for the First Physical Theatre Company and presented works in theatre and dance annually at festivals around the country. In 2006, she received the Jonathan Marks Prize for Choreography; in 2010, Spyt, which featured her choreography, won an Anglo-Gold Ashanti Fyngoud prize for Best Production at Aardklop; Loss and Having (which she co-produced and co-choreographed) won a 2011 Standard Bank Ovation Award for Excellence, and she was recently nominated for a KykNet Fiesta award for Proximity Loss and Having.
Her dance theatre work frequently investigates performer presence, combining naturalism and abstraction into philosophical collage. She views choreography not as (merely) a sequence of steps or moves but rather as a means of investigating ideas and form through the artistic expression of the body.
Designed by Illka Louw; featuring Jori Snell, Lucy Kruger and Thabiso Pule; Fragile will run at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective (cnr Wesley and Milton Streets, Observatory) from 1 to 6 May 2012 at 8 pm. Tickets are R40 and bookings can be made through Theatre Arts Admin Collective: 021 447 3683 / firstname.lastname@example.org.