El Puñal entra en el Corazón (1992)

Cast: Liz Aggiss and Daphne Scott-Sawyer

Live Music: Billy Cowie (accordion), Deborah Hay (guitar) Lucy East (cello)

Costume Tig Evans. Lighting Robert Clutterham.

Commissioned by The Royal Festival Hall London, El Puñal entra en el Corazón is a thirty-five minute performance based on texts by the Spanish writer Gabriel García Lorca. The work explores Lorca’s macho world and the romanticism of death.

Premiere 20th January 1992 The Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

‘Liz Aggiss and Bill Cowie’s contemporary creation on the other hand – El Puñal entra en el Corazón– (The Dagger enters the Heart) to texts by Lorca – has equally clearly and consciously been informed by feminist thought. The emotions here – machismo passion expressed through a striking series of sequences involving a blood red cushion, blood red flowers and elongated blood red fingers – are not only expressed but questioned
Bill Harpe The Guardian

'the unflinching intensity of Aggiss’s performance and her absorbing portrait of brute strength finally reduced to tears of blood, made for compulsive viewing’
Sophie Constanti The Guardian

References for El Puñal entra en el Corazón
Aggiss, L. Cowie, B. Bramley, I. (2006) Anarchic Dance. Routledge
Amort. A, (10.10.93) Aus London : Wien der 20er Jahre Kurier

Constanti, S. (1993 June 9). Dancing Divas The Guardian Arts Section 3-4
Harpe, B. (2 March 1992). Divas. The Guardian (Manchester). 33

RE ( 11.10.93) Lektion in Tanzgeschichte Salzberger Nachrichter

Extracts available of the studio version, on DVD, in the book ‘Anarchic Dance' by Liz Aggiss, Billy Cowie with Ian Bramley (Routledge)