What is it?
French Dame of Dance Rosalind Crisp is a highly successful choreographer. Prior to her stellar dance career in Australia and abroad, she was raised in country Victoria. This work is all about what happened when she went back to find the forests of her home razed to the ground.
This performance is apt, from someone whose life and livelihood revolves around movement of the body. Prepare to interact, move and be moved.
The lowdown from Fiona
“Ros is an extraordinary dancer and creative. She’s always rejecting the choreographic urge, and diverting where the movement might be taking her.
When I saw this work I was very touched by her personal story of returning home, and her incredible grief about seeing this horrific degradation. In some ways, her work in this piece is driven by, 'how do I deal with this grief? And then, how do I actually do something?' What I love about it is that she’s found an answer.
Ros is a very warm performer so she welcomes people into the space. She will talk with us, she will tell us some stories, she dances in the work, she will show us some footage and she will ask us to experience the space differently from the floor. She will make us think about our bodies in a way that non-dancers will find interesting.”
A note from the artist - Rosalind Crisp
“The town [where I grew up] hasn’t changed, but the forests have gone, stripped by logging and replaced with industrial plantations. Huge “planned” burns dry out whatever’s left. What can dance say? What can dance do? Perhaps it can ruminate well on the extinction crisis, since both body and crisis are a buzzing, humming, crackling, smouldering mess.”
You’ll like this if...
All the existing noise and gloom about climate change is getting you way down, and you would appreciate a different way of thinking.
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