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Bad Faith


"If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company."
Jean-Paul Sartre

20 years after her mysterious disappearance, Nora, a once acclaimed actress, is lost in a place of nothingness. As she wanders through this parallel world, she encounters uncanny manifestations, materialisations of her inner darkness. There is no way out of this “non-place” other than travelling with these creatures and embracing them for what they are: extensions of her own self.


Will Nora, after 20 years of absence, dare to look reality square in the face again?

This cross-disciplinary work, merging dance and poetry, explores the themes of womanhood and loss through a story of self-deception.



Choreography & artistic direction:                                  Tara D'Arquian

Text:                                                                          Jemima Foxtrot

Lighting design:                                                           Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson

Sound artist:                                                                Alberto Ruiz Soler

Costume design:                                                          Mayou Trikerioti
                                                                                Lavinia Cascone

Sculpture                                                                    Agnès-Marie Magain

Producer:                                                                    Joël Cottrell

Using original composition by:                                        Philippe Lenzini and Bruno Humberto

Choreography and texts devised:                                    The company

Performance:                                                               Hannah Ringham                                                                                                                    Laura Doelher                                                                                                                         Tara D'Arquian


Bad Faith is 60 minutes without interval.



Bad Faith is part of D’Arquian’s In Situ Trilogy and is the epilogue of Quests, the second work of the site-sensitive trilogy on identity.


In Situ Trilogy is a trilogy of site-sensitive works which started in 2013 with In Situ, commissioned by Compass Commissions and conceived for Asylum, a disused chapel in Peckham.

The trilogy revolves around Nietzsche's "Three Metamorphoses", which represents a profound metaphor for human evolution and personal growth.


"Three metamorphoses of the spirit do I designate to you: how the spirit becometh a camel, the camel a lion, and the lion at last a child."


This trilogy explores the conflict of identity revealing the absurdity of Man's desire to define himself though the self is multiple and indefinable. This conflict can lead to states of despair, alienation and even a sense of madness. Each piece of the trilogy uses the metaphor of the identity of the space to embody each of these states of consciousness.

In 2016, Quests was commissioned by Greenwich Dance and designed for the Borough Hall of Greenwich and depicted the second state of consciousness, the state of the Lion.  

Bad Faith is inscribed in the trilogy as the epilogue of Quests. However, it is not the third and final piece of the trilogy. Instead, it sets the ground for a trilogy within the In Situ Trilogy. 



Bad Faith is commissioned by Trinity Laban. Co-produced by l’Escaut Architectures (BE). Supported by Art(SIG), Pavilion Dance South West, Greenwich Dance, Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre. Funded by Arts Council England.

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