TRANSCENDENCE is a 40 minutes film which tells Oscar Wilde’s classic tragedy SALOMÉ through a dark, voyeuristic lens. The film is a collaboration with award winning director Alfred Bailey and offers the viewers a decant spectacle audience an immersive experience unlike anything else.
Filmed in the ancient and sacred space of The Monastery in Rye. Music composition by Phillip O'Meara.
Separated from our beast and manipulated by societal norms we can find ourselves living in a world of conformity and accepted definitions. Our very identities controlled by expectation and fear rather than acceptance, love and connection with our true selves. The spaces we inhabit, both physically and psychologically, tend to be more constricting than they are liberating. Gender and our sexuality is conditioned by social constructs and relegated to the private realms; our behaviour is codified and death is often perceived as a full stop to this numbed existence.
TRANSCENDENCE (based on Oscar Wilde’s classic tragedy SALOMÉ) invites you into the ancient and sacred space of The Monastery in Rye for an experience that reaches beyond this well lit normative range, into the shadowy world of Salome and the lavish world of Alex MacArthur Interiors. The film transcends boundaries, exploring themes of gender, sexuality, morality and death. We invite you to cut off your preconceptions and place your belief systems on a platter.
Shot through the three storeys of the ancient 14th Century Monastery, that has itself transcended both time and purpose, the film depicts the relationships between the characters of Oscar Wilde’s tragedy.
EDIFICE Dance Theatre, Alfred Bailey, Alex MacArthur Interiors and Steven Moffett Productions have co-produced this re-imagined version for the camera of the original production of SALOMÉ which EDIFICE created in Spring 2019 with support from Arts Council England, The Cockpit Theatre (London) and St Mary in the Castle (Hastings).
Directed by: EDIFICE Dance Theatre & Alfred Bailey
Produced by: EDIFICE, Alfred Bailey, Alex MacArthur Interiors and Steven Moffett Productions
Concept and choreography: EDIFICE Dance Theatre
Costumes: Nathalie David
Performers: Harriet Waghorn, Carmine De Amicis, Fabio Dolce, Andre Kamienski, Tom Wohlfahrt, Vasiliki Papapostolou
DOP: Matteo Bangrazi