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Zizanie by Meryl Tankard


Thu 14 Mar 2019, 7:00pm–7:50pm
Fri 15 Mar 2019, 11:30am–12:20pm
Fri 15 Mar 2019, 7:30pm–8:20pm
Sat 16 Mar 2019, 2:00pm–2:50pm
Sat 16 Mar 2019, 7:30pm–8:20pm
Sun 17 Mar 2019, 3:30pm–4:20pm

Where: Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Road, Adelaide CBD, South Australia

Restrictions: Family Friendly

Ticket Information:

  • Full Price: $49.00
  • Friends: $42.00
  • Concession: $39.00
  • Under 30yrs: $25.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: angelanhy

Australian dance icon Meryl Tankard and Australia’s award winning Restless Dance Theatre have joined forces to present the world premiere of Zizanie by Meryl Tankard, for the 2019 Adelaide Festival.

Zizanie, which celebrates the beauty in difference, is a mesmerising tale for the whole family. There are many meanings for the French word Zizanie: discord, mischief, chaos, stirring up trouble, messing around, messing about…it can also mean weeds. But according to visual artist Grayson Perry, ‘weeds are just flowers in the wrong garden’.

Zizanie follows the story of a grumpy man who thinks he always knows best and wants everyone to be as boring as he is. In his garden, order comes first, there’s no place for weeds, or trouble, or fun. He can build a wall to keep out the Zizanie, but life will find a way in.

Meryl Tankard says, ‘The work is a response to where the world is heading. More and more we are forced to be neat and tidy and ordinary. People are labelled and we are expected to fit neatly into a box. If someone is slightly different they are frowned upon? Culture, dance, music, all the fundamental aspects of humanity are being eradicated. I cant imagine a life without creativity, our imagination is vital to our well being. The grumpy man could be a bit Trump-like, wanting to build walls to keep out anything that challenges his power.

"I also realised the importance of showcasing the Restless artists’ unique bodies on stage, their striking personalities and their perspectives of the world. The Restless artists may not fit the stereotypical dancer image but it is in their difference that you will see their beauty and creativity. I have built a close rapport with the dancers in Zizanie and I am excited by their immense honesty and inspired by their refreshing ‘no filter’ uninhibited physical responses."

Grayson Perry’s quote really captures it: "Weeds are just flowers in the wrong garden. The notion that some people find weeds beautiful and others pull them out and throw them away is such an eloquent metaphor for how some people view those with disability in our society."

Restless Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Michelle Ryan says, "It is an honour to have Meryl working with our dancers to create a fantastical world for families to enjoy. The work is completely different to anything we have done before and audiences will be delighted by this charming, kooy and beautiful production."

Zizanie is conceived and directed by Meryl Tankard with video design and photography by Regis Lansac; set and costume design by Jonathon Oxlade lighting design; AV by Chris Petridis; sound design by Luke Smiles. The Restless Dance Theatre ensemble for Zizanie comprises; Chris Dyke, Jianna Georgiou, Michael Noble, Kathryn Evans, Dana Nance and Michael Hodyl.