A Delicate Situation is a cross-cultural collaboration between Australia and Asia, exploring the universal subject matter of dying, death and what lies beyond. Drawing on the power of Asian mythology and our ongoing interest in the supernatural, A Delicate Situation is the story of a woman’s struggle to come to terms with death whilst surrounded by folklore, myth and superstition. Utilizing the recurring image from many Asian cultures of a deadly and violent supernatural female figure clad in white with long draped black hair, through the idioms of dance, puppetry and theatre, A Delicate Situation demonstrates the omnipresence of death and death lore across cultures
Whilst drawing strongly on dance techniques the work is fundamentally dramatic in nature. The bold collage of characters, music, set design and lighting have come together to create an intensely cerebral work that is entirely visceral, haunting and compelling. It speaks deeply to the audience’s own perceptions and experiences of loss and highlights the work as an extraordinary example of cross-cultural collaboration. A Delicate Situation is a chilling and visually enthralling piece of contemporary Australian and Asian dance theatre.
The themes behind 'A Delicate Situation' were first explored in 2008 via an Asialink Performing Arts Residency at Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia. In May 2012, performer Carol Wellman Kelly and Choreographer Lina Limosani returned to Rimbun Dahan to work closely with original performer Suhaili Micheline Ahmad Kamil and sound designer Hardesh Singh. A Delicate Situation premiered at the Adelaide Festival Centre's Space Theatre in May 2014 with rave reviews.
'....A production that should be seen, heard, felt and experienced, to celebrate cultural differences, and inevitable similarities, and for the sheer beauty of movement and mystery that such theatrical experimentation can offer....'