'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.
This project provides a platform for both Asia and Australia to share the stage with stories, beliefs and experiences, connecting audiences and communities across continents. It promotes the collaboration of artists in an exchange of valuable cultural information through dance, theatre, shadow play and sound. This allows for the celebration of cultural differences and increases our understanding of the reality in which humans exist in today’s environment.
This work is dedicated to the memory of David John Aitken.
A daring and intriguingly dark tale that brings horror to the stage. 'What Lies Within' is a powerful look at cults and what actually lies behind a surface that appears to be normal.
What Lies Within takes as its launch point qualities of power and exploitation within cult-like mentality and grooming, the loss of the individual, (the occult's) potential toward demagoguery, ethical distortion and victimisation. With a dark and macabre environment, rife with imagery bordering on something akin to religious iconography, this work will evoke a different and viscerally discomfiting kinaesthesia.
'What Lies Within' will undertake a 2nd stage development in December 2015 as part of the Adelaide Festival Centres 'inSPACE in development' program, and the Leigh Warren and dancers 'Artist in Residence' Program.
'....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....'