The Green House, back to audience dancer with leg in the air
Choreographed

The Green House

By Caroline Finn

Production Info
45 minutes
8+

Caroline Finn takes us on a nostalgic journey, asking us to peer into The Green House. On a twisted TV set, characters discover the fine line between fantasy and reality.

Creative Team

Set & Design: Joe Fletcher

Music: Works by / Gweithiau gan: A Summer Place (A Summer Place original soundtrack), Max Steiner; Camino, Oliver Schroer; Zézé (My Sweet Orange Tree original soundtrack) Armand Amar; Les Beautés du Diable & Nocturne no. 20, La Pieta and Angele Dubeau; You are my Sunshine, The Kiboomers; Haust, Olafur Arnalds; Untitled (Figures), Max Richter; Piano Concerto no. 2 in F, Op 101. Andante, Dmitri Shostakovich; To Tango tis Nefeli, Haris Alexiou

Lighting Design: Joe Fletcher

Costume Design: Gabriella Slade

Costume Maker: Eva Ott & Amy Barret

Choreographer

Caroline Finn

Caroline Finn
Reviews

“Green House confirms Finn is one of the most brilliant artists working in Wales today”

- Wales Arts Review

“A stylized and surrealistic sixties sit com”

- Arts Scene in Wales

“My initial inspiration for The Green House came from the idea of pruning. For a while I’ve been conscious of how we can go through periods where we find ourselves ‘pruning’ our lives –either by actively cutting things away or simply accepting the natural migration of unnecessary weight.

Although this is sometimes a process which can leave us feeling lost, adrift and exposed, this careful pruning of our existence is surely what give us the potential to truly flourish and grow. I wanted to explore that process with the dancers – how/what we might prune, how it affects us, and what we can become as a result.

Contrary to Folk, my previous piece for the company, I was keen to establish quite a domestic setting for The Green House. I also wanted to find a way of reflecting the experience of feeling temporarily removed from one’s own life – more like an observer than an active participant.

Joe Fletcher and I gathered a lot of inspiration from other artists, writers and filmmakers, in particular Sandy Skoglund, Francesca Woodman and David Lynch. The result is a quirky and surreal sitcom style TV set that

the characters inhabit as they prune and grow. I feel as though this setting, combined with the theatrical nature of the piece will really enable audiences to enter my world and go on a journey with the dancers characters, finding images or stories that they can really relate to.”

- Caroline Finn

The Green House Ed screaming silently
Gallery
All dancer sin the green house moving diagonally across the stage
green house set in the background with dancer to the right facing up
2 dancers facing each other one looking straight the other reaching out towards them