Ravish puts high technology in the service of high Romanticism in an evening-length dance theater piece for five dancers. Ravish takes as its inspiration the creative hothouse in which the Brontës wrote intensely Romantic fictions without the benefit of real-life experience. Born in 19th century England, the five Brontë sisters and their one brother all died from tuberculosis before the age of 40, the eldest two in girlhood. From a Christmas gift of tin soldiers the siblings created imaginary countries, chronicled in dozens of juvenile novels and poems. Emily's tin soldier, Heathcliff survives in her single published novel, Wuthering Heights. Without literally depicting their story, Ravish takes as its jumping-off point the family and the mythology surrounding them, which centers on their huge creative output and their isolation from the rest of the world.
"Rosanna Gamson’s Ravish, a curiously moving and luxuriantly produced meditation on the Brontë clan... Gamson’s dancemaking skill is rich and varied. Her phrasing, extended and voluptuous, orshort and pugnacious, never fails to support a mood. The dancers are a splendidly attuned lot." –Allan Ulrich, Voice of Dance