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FRACTOGRAPHY: THE UNTOLD STORY OF NAPOLEON AND JOSPEHINE

Fractography (© Dex Goodman)

Fractography: The untold story of Napoleon and Jospehine subverts the traditional love story of Napoleon Bonaparte and his lover and wife Josephine de Beauharnais, using these figures as archetypes of male-female relationships. Drawing from the many inevitable lacunas of history, we re-write Napoleon and Josephine’s ‘break-up story’ to comment on the complexities of human relationships. Fractography appropriates the ‘story’ in order to re-image and re-imagine the characters and the narrative to layer both with the complexity and nuance of contemporary concerns surrounding gender, sex, sexuality, power and desire. Recognising that every person experiences ‘fracture’, ‘rupture’ or ‘break-down’ in some form, the work Fractography becomes a place of confrontation, vulnerability and exposure. Underground Dance Theatre was awarded a Creative Arts Award by the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) for the creation of Fractography, which was performed at the Arena Theatre on the University of Cape Town’s Hiddingh Campus, at the Emerging Modernities Conference, also on the Hiddingh Campus, at the UCT School of Dance Confluences 6, and at the Baxter Dance Festival 2011.

Choreographed and Performed by Kristina Johnstone, Jamila Rodriguez and Steven van Wyk