Inspired by a newspaper report of a French widow named Giselle who appeared to leave this life in an unusual way - spontaeous combustion - leaving only her slippered foot. Linking this stoty with the story of the ballet Giselle forms the core of this field of study, which is the basis of the new work.
"Of the traditional versions of Giselle the etherealisation of the female body that is imaged in Giselle represents a particular moment within the general history of a patriarchy in which the ascendency of private economic relations called forth an image of woman as at once private and powerful, sacred and spectral a figure of desire."
Cathy O'Kennedy & Michael Foley
Keesha Beckford, Lucy Dundon, Jennifer Fleenor, Michael Foley & Maurice Fraga