YAYAYA AYAYA by Louise Ahl/Ultimate Dancer
Ultra-terrestrial temporary dance proclaiming the historic chant: tnahc cirotsih eht gnimialcorp ecnad yraropmet lairtserret-artlU
A vision of a giant or an alien with a message; Ultimate Dancer and Robbie Thomson bring discoveries from the dark places. Expect a neo-ancient display of natural-high inducing lights, sounds and trippy ritual dances.
In 2015, Ultimate Dancer went into a darkness retreat for five days - a purpose-built room isolated from all light and sound. Ceremonial darkness as a shamanic tool is a classical method for accessing vibrant unconscious and super-conscious states. The experience was deeply transformative; at times hallucinogenic, emotionally moving, physically painful and has thoroughly inspired the creation of YAYAYA AYAYAY.
Choreography/Concept/Performance: Louise Ahl/Ultimate Dancer
Sound/Light/Performance: Robbie Thomson
Costume: Zephyr Liddell
Dramaturgy: Jo Bannon
Amplifier: Nick Anderson
YAYAYA AYAYAY is funded by Creative Scotlandand ‘AMPS’ - a commission from Jerwood Charitable Foundation / Nick Anderson. Further support from: Tramway, The Work Room, Gessnerallee Zurich, Dance Base Edinburgh, and Movement Research New York and Live Collision.
Images by Jack Wrigley