Iron born

A re­mount of Mo­cean Dance’s 2016 pro­duc­tion Burn wa­ter: Alchemy asks au­di­ences to see things “in a dif­fer­ent way.”

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Burn­wa­ter: Alchemy Septem­ber 13-17, 7 pm Alder­ney Land­ing The­atre, 2 Ochter­loney Street $20/$25

Nova Sco­tian black­smith John Lit­tle is the in­spi­ra­tion for Burn­wa­ter: Alchemy, an im­mer­sive per­for­mance in­stal­la­tion.

“The piece is in­spired by the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing on John Lit­tle’s land,” says co-direc­tor and per­former Su­sanne Chui.

Cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Mo­cean Dance and Hear Here Pro­duc­tions, Burnwa

ter: Alchemy will see the trans­for­ma­tion of Alder­ney’s large black­box the­atre into an in­ti­mate space for au­di­ences to nav­i­gate. “It’s an ab­strac­tion of his land,” says Chui.

In 2013, a ver­sion of the piece was per­formed out­doors on Lit­tle’s East Dover land, where two ac­tors guided au­di­ences through the prop­erty. In this in­car­na­tion, only two dancers (Chui and Doug Cameron) per­form, and an in­tri­cate sound de­sign by John D.S. Adams cre­ates the feel­ing of be­ing out­side.

“Be­ing out­doors was great and multi-sen­sory, but this is ask­ing peo­ple to look at things in a dif­fer­ent way,” says Chui.

The sound de­sign was cre­ated from record­ings made on Lit­tle’s prop­erty, and some of his iron­work will be in­cor­po­rated into the show. De­spite not be­ing on the land where it orig­i­nated, Burn­wa­ter: Alchemy seeks to rep­re­sent the feel­ing of that time and place.

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