22 Sep Janice Fryett in The Mirror of Love
St Mary’s Creative Space, Chester. 22nd and 23rd September 2017.
Janice Fryett is the Narrator in this live contemporary dance theatre production based on the prose poem THE MIRROR OF LOVE by ALAN MOORE, famous for his iconic comic books such as WATCHMEN, V FOR VENDETTA, FROM HELL and THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN amongst many others.
ALAN MOORE and GARY LLOYD collaborated previously on the album version of BROUGHT TO LIGHT, and work has already begun on an album version of THE MIRROR OF LOVE for which ALAN has performed the complete prose poem upon which the performance piece is based, and features an impressive cast of orchestral musicians and the alt-rock band featured in these performances, CHEMISTRY LANE.
THE MIRROR OF LOVE is the highly emotional history of how gay culture has always influenced the mainstream, beginning with life first appearing on our planet and ending with the shameful introduction of Clause 28 by the British Conservative government in 1988. ALAN MOORE wrote THE MIRROR OF LOVE in a forceful reaction to this legislation which directed local authorities not to promote homosexuality in any positive light following widespread hysteria after the discovery of the AIDS virus and its pernicious, wholly inaccurate and gruesome moniker of ‘gay plague’.
The piece beautifully and devastatingly calls upon histories of Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Wilde, the Ladies of Llangollen, Sparta, Sappho, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Brian Epstein, Natalie Barney, Tchaikovsky, Stonewall… and those against them and their culture, and weaves them into an emotionally charged masterpiece of prose poetry.
Four dancers, ten musicians and a narrator will bring the work to life in this challenging, unusual, original and ultimately rewarding one hour three act performance piece.