‘KHEPRI’ is a duet observing female behaviour through the kinetics of insects. Two female individuals, co-dependent yet intertwined, work as a unit to ascend to the level of the Egyptian goddess Khepri. However, when they let their egos enter the relationship, they descend into the realm of humans.
‘KHEPRI’ is a scarab-faced God in ancient Egyptian religion that represents the rising or morning sun. By extension, he can also represent creation and the renewal of life. The God is a scarab put in the place of the face of a male figure, yet the role in this work is purposely given to women.
Their human qualities give the Goddess an interesting vulnerability by exposing these individuals’ imperfections and flaws. Ultimately, finding a way to accept their co-dependency that leads them to find the required balance they need to survive.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Commissioned by DanceEast and Pavilion Dance South West. Supported by Dance City, Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.
Phil Hargreaves, Producer
Choreography Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Producer Phil Hargreaves
Dancers Lisa Rowley and Ellen Yilma
Music Michael Gordon
Lighting Design Kieron Johnson
Costume Design Elizabeth King
Photography and Video Josh Hawkins
Touring Autumn 2020
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