Suppose Life

The journey of everyman from birth to death and beyond

A promenade performance at the Glasshouse of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

In July 2005 Roxana, Iulian and Dee spent a week in Paris devising Suppose Life through the support of the Scottish Arts Council. They gathered texts and images that resonated with the glasshouse environment. They looked at poems of Pablo Neruda and ee cummings, the paintings of Rene Magritte and the photos of Nikos Economopoulos.

Photo of the glasshouse at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

In the glasshouse of the Royal Botanic Garden each space reveals unique flora, fauna, scent and temperature: in other words, every space has a story to tell. They realised that their show shold not impose a linear narrative, but instead create a jouney that takes the audience through an experience.

The number seven is important to this piece. The glasshouse is composed by seven connected spaces, the houses functioned as seven tension states, which can be translated into the physical journey in the body from
birth to death and beyond. The combination of the tensions was agreed as follows: Birth, Hope, Conflict, Love, Imagination, Death and Beyond. The narratives unfolded through the musical score, as the music moves
us along each stage of the journey.

Composer: Dee Isaacs
Director: Roxane Pope
Design: Iulian Furtuna

Design for Print & Photography by FOGBANK