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  • GIVE ME A REASON TO LIVE

    Claire Cunningham

    11 Feb6 Mar 2016 | perthfestival.com.au

    Co-presented by Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts

  • CREATIVE TEAM

    Choreographer and performer Claire Cunningham

    Lighting designer Karsten Tinapp

    Sound designer Zo Irvine

    Cellist Matthias Herrmann

    Additional music Nesciens Mater Jean Mouton,

    Den Tod JS Bach

    Costume designer Shanti Freed

    Mentors Kristin De Groot (Bosch project)

    Janice Parker (Scotland)

    PRODUCTION TEAM

    Executive producer Nadja Dias

    Technical manager Gregor Knppel

    Assistant producers Daisy Douglas

    Sheena Khanna

    No one could defeat death

    among all humanity,

    this was all because of our sins,

    no innocence was to be found.

    Therefore death came so soon

    and took power over us,

    held us captive in his kingdom.

    Hallelujah!

    MUSIC

    BWV 4 Cantata Christ lag in Todes Banden

    Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt

    Bei allen Menschenkindern,

    Das macht alles unsre Snd,

    Kein Unschuld war zu finden.

    Davon kam der Tod so bald

    Und nahm ber uns Gewalt,

    Hielt uns in seinem Reich gefangen.

    Halleluja!

    Cover image: Maria Falconer

    PICA, PERTH CULTURAL CENTRE Wed 2Sat 5 Mar

    This performance runs for 40 minutes, no interval

    GIVE ME A REASON TO LIVE UNITED KINGDOM

  • Claire Cunningham Creator and performer

    Glasgow-based performer, Claire Cunningham, is one of the UKs most renowned disabled artists. Her work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches, and the exploration of the potential of her own

    specific physicality. She consciously rejects traditional dance techniques developed for non-disabled bodies, as well as any attempt to move with the pretence of a body or aesthetic other than her own. Cunninghams work combines multiple art forms and ranges from intimate solo shows to large ensemble works. She is a former artist-in-residence at the Women of the World Festival at Southbank Centre, London, and the Belfast International Arts Festival at Queens University, and will be this years associate artist at Tramway, Glasgow.

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    CLAIRE CUNNINGHAM ON GIVE ME A REASON TO LIVE

    Give Me a Reason to Live was created out of a project which looked at the works of medieval painter, Hieronymus Bosch. Some of his works depict beggars as cripples and vice versa, and an academic had suggested that these figures might symbolise sin. I became fascinated with that potential reading of disability.

    Exploring the issues of religion (and religious art, in particular), alongside questions regarding the judgement of bodies and quality of life, this work takes the form of a series of tests. Tests of body and of faith. It is, for me, a study in the notion of empathy.

    Give Me A Reason to Live exists also as a live memorial to the disabled victims of the Nazi Aktion T4 euthanasia program, and the current disabled victims of the ongoing welfare reform in the UK.

    Image: Hugh Glendinning

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    For the 2016 Festival, PIAF has invited Claire Cunningham to be artist-in-residence. As well as her two performance works, Claire will lead a week of artist workshops and spend the duration of the Festival in Western Australia.

    PIAF has a commitment to presenting work by artists with disability. This commitment addresses a core value of its artistic vision to celebrate diversity and difference. Over the next four years, in partnership with DADAA, PIAF will create opportunities for a dynamic exchange of ideas and practice between visiting international artists with disability, our arts community and audiences across Australia.

    PIAF Connect is the new program through which Perth International Arts Festival is fostering the development of local artists and industry. Through bespoke partnership projects, the program connects WAs creative community with the Festival, as well as international artists and producers. Visit perthfestival.com.au for more details.

    A PIAF project presented in association with DADAA

    PIAF ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE:

    CLAIRE CUNNINGHAM

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  • CREATIVE TEAM

    Creator and performer Claire Cunningham

    Composer and musician Derek Nisbet

    Designer Karen Tennant

    Lighting designer Brian Gorman

    Captioner Louisa McDaid

    Audio describer Christopher McKiddie

    Mentor Tom Rodan

    Theatre musician understudy Jennifer B Banks

    PRODUCTION TEAM

    Executive producer Nadja Dias

    Technical manager Robert Watson

    Stage manager Marisa Ferguson

    Assistant producers Daisy Douglas

    Sheena Khanna

    CLAIRE CUNNINGHAM ON GUIDE GODS

    The idea for Guide Gods was triggered by my research in Cambodia, where I was looking into landmines and meeting landmine survivors. When I was there, I encountered this individual he was a disabled man who had polio as a child and was now a teacher in a school for disabled children. But he had been a Buddhist monk and there were two things of interest with his story firstly, he attributed his disability to karma. His belief was that he had done something bad in a previous life and, therefore, he was disabled in this one. I felt, somehow, that that reflected on me in a judgement had I done something, therefore, in a previous life, in his opinion?

    The second thing that he suggested was that he wasnt supposed to be a Buddhist monk he wasnt allowed to be a Buddhist monk, as a disabled person, which was not something Id ever heard and that piqued my curiosity. It made me want to find out more about faith and beliefs around disability, and made me aware of my own vast ignorance around religions, generally. It made me wan