‘The stunning choreography (bravo Joanna Puchala), the impeccable execution and the power of the visual imagery is utterly paralysing. “Dance stops trafficking!” they advertise. For me, their dance stopped my heartbeat.” ‘THREE WEEKS’ EDINBURGH FRINGE 2014
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This new production draws awareness to human rights violations through dance. LCP’s Edinburgh premiere of ‘Am I’ finds its roots in the pain and struggle of human trafficking as inspired by the story of Sophie Hayes. Hayes was a victim of the sex trade and trafficked by her boyfriend to Italy. In her harrowing biography, Hayes reminds us that anyone can find themselves in the same situation and ‘AM I’ wishes to warn and to educate the public of this stark reality. Each year 27 million women are trafficked worldwide, mainly for labor and sexual slavery; only 1% are rescued, yet, very few of us are aware of this terrible reality.
‘AM I’ explores the complicated tale of victim and trafficker wherein both are slaves: often the roles bleed into each other making it difficult to see the line between either identity. In ‘AM I’ the trafficker becomes victim and vice versa. This production involves pain and confusion as seen through the eyes of dance and flowing movement. Vibrant, truthful and powerful, the performances are genuinely something different.
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CHOREOGRAPHY: Joanna Puchala MUSIC: Sabio Janiak DOCUMENTARY FILM: Magdalena Kowalczyk DANCERS (EDINBURGH FRINGE 2013): Justyna Sochaj, Wayne Wallen, Joelle Berger, Aleksandra Jakovic, Carola Bologna, Heidie Seppala, Claire Lambert, Naomi Peaston, Joanna Puchala DANCERS (RESOLUTION!2014): Paolo Rosini, Carola Bologna, Heidie Seppala, Heinie Harjaluoma, Paula Napolitano, Dominique Vannod, Signhild Meen Wærsted , Joanna Puchala ACTING COACH: Sara Montalvo FILM EDITTING: Sophia Kosmaoglou, Daniela Kitchiner, Elizabeth Doonan SOUND ENGINEER: Brian Steel MARKETING: Reina Toeda PR: Ashley Hart PRESS: Roger Manser PUBLICITY: Lidhka Inga COSTUME DESIGN: Carlotta Actis Barone PHOTOGRAPHY: Gosia Wilda, Lidhka Inga, Magda Kowalczyk
SPONSORSHIP: Roberto Parmiggiano, Patrick Flockhart, Roger Manser, Heather Mason, Zak Attar
SPECIAL THANKS TO: EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL SATFF; SPOTLITES @ MERCHANTS’ HALL STAFF (Rachel Thomson-King);LESOCO STAFF (Lisa Stubbs,Laura Dobson, Denyse Gladyng); Minded Insitute (Heather Mason, Eve Cunningham Menezes);Treshnish (Patrick Flockhart); Birckbeck University (Maria Koripas);Heather Mason, Roberto Parmiggiano, Roger Manser, Lidhka Inga, Sara Montalvo, Nayesh Radia, Michael Ng, Chris Lees, and all LCP’s members, FRIENDS AND FAMILY without whom this project wouldn’t be possible to succeed. Thank you to all voluntaries who have committed fully to this work and offered their passion, love and remarkable knowledge.