Tiger Balm (1972)

Created for
Charles Paton
Annea Lockwood
Tiger Balm
18 December 1972
For Christopher Banner
Tiger Balm (1972) was a piece for six dancers- three women, one man and a couple, loosely inspired by the French film L’enfant Sauvage, about a boy raised by wolves.
“I took the idea and the structure of this piece from the sounds, which were already completed.  They were so strong that I tried to make everything as simple, as pared down as possible, absorbing some of the feeling of those sounds- such as animal fear and a somnolent calm.” Richard Alston
Annea Lockwood worked on Tiger Balm for over two years. She explored the complexity of simple environmental and found sounds as well as sound patterns that evoke serenity.