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Evolve - Revolve


Thu 2 Jun 2016, 8:00pm
Fri 3 Jun 2016, 11:00am
Fri 3 Jun 2016, 8:00pm

Where: Theatre Royal - Hobart, 29 Campbell Street, Hobart CBD, Tasmania

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Premium: $45.00
  • A Reserve: $38.00
  • B Reserve: $32.00
  • B Reserve Concession: $30.00
  • B Reserve Child: $22.00
  • Gallery Premium: $30.00
  • Gallery Concession: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: gm62

In this double-bill of new Australian contemporary dance the Tasdance performers put their bodies on the line to explore social behaviour and contemporary politics. Deploying physical invention, humour and audacity, the choreographic work of Zink and Nankivell consistently connects with audiences.

Plain English:
Plain English puts a microscope on the way Australian politicians speak; the tactics and techniques they use to communicate to the public via the 24 hour news cycle. As a starting point for the work we have deconstructed recent interviews and speeches from federal politicians, using the rhythm, patterns, slogans and stutters to build a choreographic work that takes on a life of its own.

Brisbane based dance artist Liesel Zink’s practice is heavily influenced by psychology and sociology research. Her practice seeks to rigorously question and reveal the meaningful complexities of social behaviour. Her choreographic style is derived from her research into body language, drawing from disciplines of drama, sound, science and psychology in order to effectively communicate a concept. Liesel is currently researching the act of protest, questioning its effectiveness in contemporary Western cultures.

Our land lies low. The air is thick with remnant ghosts of a world that came before. Organic mass crawls forth, unfolding as would fog across a lake.
It breathes.

Fragile birds rain from the sky, decaying before they land. The glittering haze of disintegrating death suspended, in zero gravity.
Cells become vines, vines become veins and veins become rope; that guides, that binds, that offers and submits.

"Breathe with me,’ it asks, ‘feel my skin against your face. Watch me as I trace your absent form".

"Hold me," it asks, "guide me into life".

"See me as the beauty in the thorns".

Cognizance arrives, persistent and sharp. Bodies emerge from the mass. Voyagers and heralds grasp hands as they stride across the dark. Tracing landscapes, leaving footfalls and breathing from the past.

Part system and part science-fiction, Thorn creates an evolving landscape for a brave new world. Drawing a wavering line between reality and fantasy, the work is a small study of humans, nature and human nature.

Award winning Gabrielle Nankivell (2015 Liedtke Foundation Fellow) performs, makes and teaches dance with the same adventurous spirit by which she lives. Her goal is to ignite the imagination of audiences and create continuing avenues of conversation through performance and collaboration. Gabrielle’s performance and collaboration credits are a wide-ranging mix of internationally renowned companies and artists. Honing her career in Europe, she has worked with the Belgian artists Alexander Baervoets and Ultima Vez/Wim Vandekeybus.