Award-Winning Bruises is back! Witness a dark tale told through vibrant colours and contemporary adaptations of classic dance styles.
To love and to cherish, to have and to hold, for better or for worse, till death do us part, here lies the story of Husband and Wife. One home, one salary, one couple.
Our scene begins with Husband and Wife moving into their new home. Belongings are unpacked while they dance together through the living room and settle in. A picture of a perfect life. Time passes. Husband arrives home late from a long day of work hoping to have a nice meal and a cuddle with his Wife, but reality has different plans. He is welcomed with a cold silence… His cheek now burns as he rubs the mark she left and reflects on what new colours he sees in her.
Bruises is a non-verbal Physical Theatre show that combines our contemporary adaptions of the classic dance styles, Apache (a dramatic form of tango), Waltz and Rumba. These are conjoined with elements of Stage Combat based on the topic of male survivors of domestic violence, with the intention to bring their ‘voices’ to Wellington audiences. Pastel powdered paints fill the room in a flurry as the characters manipulate space and light to represent different injuries - both mental and physical. We will reference true accounts from men who have been abused by their partners. However, this show will not be a brutal viewing for our audiences. We will portray all sides of this relationship, the love they shared in the beginning and the hope the husband feels towards his wife. Scenes of a first date, gifts of flowers and all those wonderful moments that make two people fall for each other, showing a relationship from beginning to end and everything in between.