I composed the score to the live theatre/dance performance by SOIT in 2013 “The Lee Ellroy Show”
A VISCERAL AND WILD TRIP IN JAMES ELLROY’S DARK AND FASCINATING UNIVERSE
‘The Lee Ellroy Show’ is the new duet by choreographer Hans Van den Broeck. A compelling source of inspiration is the autobiographical novel â€˜My Dark Placesâ€™ by James Ellroy. The American crime fiction writer was haunted by the loss of his mother and the unsolved circumstances in which she was murdered. He goes on a journey of wild and abundant excess and struggles to preserve his sanity.
The story is set in the 50â€™s. Divorced and lonely, James Ellroyâ€™s mother moves to El Monte, part of the endless sprawl of greater Los Angeles. The new suburbia, isolated and eerie. A sordid boiling hot place risen from the dessert, a nowhere, where she was prone to meet other lost souls and eventually did. On a ‘cheap’ saturday night she met her killer, the ‘swarthy man’, a murderer who was never found. She had a night out on her own, a few drinks, a talk, a dance and was discovered in the early morning hours in the bushes of a small dirt-road. An existence halted in the grass, a life that never blossomed.
This sudden, traumatic disappearance condemns James Ellroy to a life-long search for the mother he never really knew, a loving mother.
He embarks on a disturbing journey; from a big mouthed young bully, to a shoplifting teenager, a voyeur and finally nearly losing his mind as a homeless young adolescent. About to tip over the cliff, he devotes himself to writing. It will be his salvation and a sublimation of the trauma, a life-long battle with the omen living inside him.
‘The Lee Ellroy Showâ€™ is a visceral and wild trip in this dark and fascinating universe.
Hans Van den Broeck takes the powerful text by Ellroy as a starting point and uncovers the obsession rooted in the work. He takes us on a choreographic trip which combines haunting moments of pure dance with intense theatrical scenes.
He brings the cruel disappearance of Ellroyâ€™s mother to the stage, creating a poetical universe in which chaos is ultimately transformed into a eulogy of love.