Singapore Dance Theatre arts environmental
Gregory Anderson of Trigger worked in close collaboration with choreographer Adrian Burnett to create a set design for ‘Oneiros’. The piece was made on the dancers at Singapore Dance Theatre and had its world premiere at the Esplanade Theatres, Singapore, in July 2010.

‘Oneiros’ is the Greek word for dream. The Oneiroi, from Ancient Greek myths, are the personified deities of specific types of dreams such as nightmares and sexual dreams. The choreography for this piece is the choreographer’s response to the period of altered consciousness that occurs between wakefulness and sleep, where the veil between dream and reality is traversed. Thoughts become loosely associated, images are vivid and senses metamorposize.

The choreographer explains “this ‘altered state' provides fertile ground for my creative inspiration and investigation. This ‘state’ is made more delicious because it is difficult to remember when I am awake. Access to this world is fleeting; remembering thoughts and feelings is by chance. Memories evaporate quickly or mutate into entirely different creatures. Often all that is left is a fragment, a feeling, or a talisman with mysterious meaning. I wonder what universal forces are at work.”

This piece is accompanied by the scores 'Tenebrae 1' and 'The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind', by composer Osvaldo Golijov. His vision of transmuting ‘passion into geometry… longing, light and hope’ compliments my intentions for the piece. The music weaves together with the movement to help open a space between reality and dream.

The set employs natural material - sisal rope - to express geometric forms that move into different formations to physically express potential dream-state environments. The design is minimal to allow multiple interpretations on what it may mean or conjure for audiences. The form is geometric, yet the texture is human.

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