Anarchic Variations (2002)
Can you fit a spiky, red-haired woman into a plain white cube? Only if you are prepared to distort space, compress time and suspend belief. In six brutally white glaringly brief episodes, aggiss battles for survival against the relentless dissonance of Cowie's virtuosic piano variations
Choreography/Direction liz aggiss and Billy Cowie
Performed by liz aggiss
Anarchic Variations (7mins) received a Capture Arts Council of England 2002 Award. The piece confounds and disorientates the spectatorsí view of space, scale and sound based on the idea of theme and variations. The underlying physical concept centres on dislocation, splitting the body into independent and separate units. Anarchic Variations uses a neutral white box space as an antagonistic partner to the dancer. The integral aural component explores original notions of body-hyper-sound.
The most exciting dance films are ones in which the line between choreography and direction becomes impossible to discern, where the allusiveness of dance meets the intimacy of film to create a new kind of magic.
John Rockwell The New York Times 1.1.06
2008 Konsthall Vaxjo Sweden
2004 Alter-Native 11th International Film festival Madisz Romania,SK Stiftung Kultur Cologne, Inport Estonia, IMZ Tanzmedial Koln,Dancebase Edinburgh Festival, 17th Instants Video Numerique et Poetique Festival Marseilles, Capture 2 UK Tour by South East Dance.
2002/3 IMZ Monaco, Dance Screen London, MediaWaves Hungary, Brighton Festival, Chichester Film Fest Conversations at the Edge Performance Festival, Chicago School of Art Gene Siskal Film Centre, Invideo Milan, 20th Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und videofest, Toronto Moving Picture, Capture 2 UK Tour by South East Dance