February 11th 1963

‘February 11th 1963′ is an exquisitely detailed, immersive and heartfelt creation, enveloping the audience into a world suspended in a secret moment, that is hidden in the crevices of time. It peeks at the reality and non reality of a consciousness unknowable to any but the beholder – Sylvia Plath.

February 11th 1963

Sylvia’s 8 year old portrait is the prolog into ‘February 11th 1963′ giving the viewer a glimmer of untouched, pure, innocent happiness that believes whole-heartedly that the world and all its glory belongs to her. We see her move through the audience playing and enraptured in an innocent dream.

February 11th 1963

Sylvia’s idealism of her husband is a personae we descry through the lens of Sylvia’s eyes, as a man that was a culmination of god, her father and a lover whom balanced on a glass pedestal. A perfect vision that was designed to sunder into shards, falling into the abyss of failure, in a way that parallels the harrowing lines of her own work.

February 11th 1963

We fall through an ‘Alice in Wonderland-like’ well, witnessing scenes of childhood giggles, dancing with the fears of the present and sealing the fate of a desolate future that was never meant to be. We see Ted’s silent anguish as he deals with his own inward struggles while Sylvia goes through her metamorphosis from happy child to the bleak and unenriched landscape that she illustrated so richly in her work.

February 11th 1963

On February 11th 1963 Sylvia Plath took her life. She left behind a young family, an estranged husband and words that would inspire generations of women to come. What happened on that particular day, in those final hours? What was Sylvia’s state of mind in the empty, well-prepared room that served as a backdrop to her last moments?

These are questions, that the work and performers unravel with the audience. Extrordinary moments happen when nobody is looking.

Joelene English Dance Theatre offers a looking glass, in which reveals the brutally fragile reflection that stares back at us if we look deep into our own soul.