Preview: Jasmin Vardimon Company – Park
- Kelly Apter
- 12 January 2015
Sadler's Wells Associate Artist Jasmin Vardimon tours her critically-lauded work
For Jasmin Vardimon, staging a production is a lot like buying a house – it’s all about the location.
To explore our relationship with health, she choreographed a work set in a hospital; to look at our legal system, she re-created a court room. And when she wanted to put a microcosm of society on stage, she made Park – set, as you might expect, in a public park.
‘I used to pass by my local park and see the same people there every day,’ explains Vardimon. ‘And I thought what are they doing there? I was interested in the characters who almost live on the outskirts of our society, but we don’t stop and think why they are there.’
An Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells for the past eight years, Vardimon founded her company in 1997. Since then, she has been encouraging audiences to open their minds as well as their eyes during a performance.
‘In my work, I’m mainly interested in raising questions rather than answering them,’ she says, ‘and in showing different viewpoints and possible reasons why people behave or look the way they do – just to raise a different awareness.‘
As with all Vardimon’s work, Park is multi-layered, featuring text and visuals as well as dance, including an element of 3D. ‘I never use just physical movement,’ she says. ‘I like to communicate with the audience on different levels. And the 3D mapping is used to change the whole vision of the space.’
Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Wed 28 Jan