If its controversial 2018 predecessor, Cowpuncher, is anything to go by, this new riff on the theme of designer-clad cowboys dancing to post-modern punk will be in-your-face, subversive, and on its own terms exhilarating. It'll take to the stage at the Southbank's Queen Elizabeth Hall for two performances only in February.
Choreographed by Holly Blakey, better known for her work on pop videos by the likes of Coldplay, Ellie Goulding and Florence and the Machine, Cowpuncher My Ass is inspired by old Western movies, but its aim is to deconstruct them and question their assumptions, particularly when it comes to sexual identity.
You’ll note that Holly Blakey has chosen the title 'cowpuncher,' which is non-gender-specific, rather than the male-denoting 'cowboy'.
Like its predecessor, Cowpuncher My Ass is dressed by Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood, in the style of haute couture with iconoclastic punk roots.
For her sound score, Holly Blakey turns again to Mica Levi, the composer of award-winning film soundtracks, including her score for Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin, which won European Film Award for Best Composer, and an Oscar-nominated score for the film Jackie.
A cast of eight will perform a tale of heroes and heroines, obsession, infidelity, suicide and – of course! – sui generis cowpunchers. The costumes are intrinsic to each dancer’s persona, defining their character and identity, as they question contemporary sexual politics. Expect blurred genders and an accent on outsiders and outlaws.
Ultimately, Holly Blakey aims to fuse high art and popular culture. Cowpuncher My Ass is intended as a step in that direction.
|What||Cowpuncher My Ass, Soutbank's QEH|
|Where||Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
07 Feb 20 – 08 Feb 20, 19:30 Dur.: 60 mins approx
|Price||£20-£25 (plus booking fee)|
|Website||Click here to book|