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USHER, conceived and created by Eleanor Boyce, is a multi-media performance for theatre. Dance, painting, sculpture, video, lighting and music combine in a mise en scene in defiance of traditional categorisations of art, cutting across cultural boundaries, time and space to implant itself in a primordial/arhetypal universal ground. Based upon, and freely adapted from Edgar Allan Poe's classic and haunting tale THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, it draws inspiration from the work of Hijikata Tatsumi, founding father of the Butoh movement. All elements and all protagonists are merely fractured pieces of a kaleidoscopic whole that spirals into the abjected realms of insanity, eroticism, violence, ecstasy and death. Here the grotesque and the beautiful co-exist; harmony and discord, dream and reality, mingle without compromise. All action and non-action takes place in a surrealistic space, an interior suggestive of both tomb and womb, behind the pale door of the House, the door being a light towards which it gropes.

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