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Oceanallover - Yararacusu

 Yararacusu at Hidden Gardens, 2005;  Photo: Louise Sabey A man is bitten by a snake, a yararacusu. As the poison courses through his veins, he drifts down river to find help.  Journeying towards his death the venom induces an ecstatic mood of freedom from earthly care.

Yararacusu - Jolting and Intoxicating

Yararacusu is a piece of experimental physical theatre based on a story by Horacio Quiroga, a Uruguayan writer who lived in the jungles of northern Argentina and whose life was devoted to his children and a search for simplicity. The piece combines elements of theatre, dance, scultpure and live music, and takes inspiration from the indoor and outdoor landscapes in which it takes place.

Yararacusu, Castle Douglas 2006;  Photo: Brain Hartley The production concentrates on the elements of man, river and snake from the story; looking at the relationship between the transformation of the man and the sinuous force of water.  The performance evolved through the use of natural materials during rehearsal, the focus being on the emotional reaction of a man towards the inevitability of his own death.

Yararacusu is currently on tour and winding its way around a variety of interesting locations. The project was initiated as part of the Gaelforce Festival in Dumfries and Galloway, beginning in an agricultural yard at the site of an ancient hospital for the mentally ill.  It has been seen on the shores of Easdale Island, in the monumental architecture of the National Museum and the crowded streets of Castle Douglas.


Oceanallover are the current incarnation of a company first formed in 1990 by its director, Alex Rigg.

Yararcusu, Solway House 2005;  Photo: Si Couzens 

In 1997 the company reinvented itself as Transfigured, a multidisciplinary group making work of all scales and in all media.  In 1998 Transfigured made 'A Language of Others' at Tramway in collaboration with Cryptic and in the same year made the Mid-Summer Fire Festival for NVA as part of Britain’s day at the Lisbon Expo.

Recent commissions include sculpture, performance and costume designs for 'Painful Creatures', a production from the Glasgow-based company Mischief La Bas touring Britain and Europe.  Other work has included event design and team development for Diageo plc, site-specific performance intervention for The Mega Mango Festival in Mumbai and residencies, performance and teaching for Dance Base in Edinburgh and the Society of Scottish Artists.

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