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2006 Media Releases - Events - anoukvandijk dc’s STAU

Issued Thursday, 16 February 2006


Direct from the Adelaide Festival and a hit across Europe, Russia and the United States, anoukvandijk dc’s STAU comes to The Studio

A confined square stage opens out to an expansive, limitless space. The audience abandon their chairs and roam free between the dancers. anoukvandijk dc’s STAU dissolves traditional theatrical boundaries to examine the relationship between audience and performer, and transforms the experience of contemporary dance.

Anouk Van Dijk is a leading figure in contemporary dance in The Netherlands and Europe. Renowned for developing a revolutionary movement system, called Counter-technique, which opposes the existing opinion in the dance world that the pelvis is the centre of all movement, Van Dijk teaches dancers to keep their balance by continually giving counter-directions to each movement. The result is a provocative and stylised movement and ability to constantly push the boundaries of what is considered normal.

“My work is always about how people manage to stand their ground,” says Anouk Van Dijk. “The world does not offer very much room for people to show what they are feeling. Their feelings are being continually influenced and they are in search of the literal and emotional space necessary to be able to function.”

As STAU develops and spaces shift, the relationship between spectator and performer becomes increasingly involved and connected. Playful, humorous, endearing and theatrical, STAU’s physical proximity evolves into emotional intimacy with dynamic, spectacular movements –executed with exhilarating speed and precision.

STAU will be the company's first-ever appearance in Sydney - as part of the Dutch Dare celebrations, it comes to us directly from Adelaide Festival.

Hear the Artists Talk – a free talk session of approximately 45 minutes to follow the performance on Saturday 11 March at 5pm. Join Anouk Van Dijk in discussion about her choreography for STAU and her counter-technique movement system with host Sophie Travers, Director of Critical Path – a choreographic research and development centre for dance artists funded by the NSW Ministry for the Arts.

Please Note: The audience must remove their shoes on entry to the theatre and the audience is required to stand for the second half of the performance.
Warning: Contains nudity

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Season Details: Stau
Dates: Friday 10 and Saturday 11 March at 8.15pm
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 March at 5pm
Sunday 12 March at 7.30pm
Venue: The Studio, Sydney Opera House
Prices: $30, $25 concession

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