Mythology Will Meet Madonna at Vogue Ball
Byline: Laura Davis
THERE'S no escape for the ensnared men in Darren Suarez's dramatic dance piece launching this year's Vogue Ball.
Trapped in Purgatory, they are tormented by a coven of beautiful witches in a cycle of hell that is repeated day after day until eternity.
Based on Greek mythology, it will performed before the amassed crowds at the annual event, held at The Black-E, Great George Street, on Saturday.
This year's theme is "death by glitter", which Suarez has used to stand for sin in his work.
It opens with an aerialist on silks, whose motion symbolises him escaping from Purgatory. Those left behind are forced to put up with torture by the witches, shown through a series of pas de deux that mixes martial arts and vogue.
"The witches manipulate the pas de deux so it's like a mangled state of movement, but each one will hit a pose that comes from vogue," explains Suarez, founder of dance company House of Suarez.
"The witches taunt the men with reins or whips and control them like horses, the last section is the submission where the relationship between the witch and the man is quite romantic. …