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.
'....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....'
The Delta Project’s Under My Skin, is a dance work created by deaf and hearing artists and premiered at Arts House for Next Wave Festival in May 2016
Under My Skin is a piece that touches on some of the ways in which we choose to interact with the world around us. In a quest to understand the things that define us as we search for a place where we feel we belong, the examination of our ‘layers’ has been an underlying impetus for this work. Humans are complex creatures, and underneath everything essentially vulnerable. We therefore, many a times, protect ourselves by masking or hiding away from a world that is constantly asking us to validate ourselves. Our need to label, protect, disguise or reveal ourselves has been an intrinsic question behind Under My Skin.
Under My Skin is the Delta Projects highly anticipated new work, choreographed by Lina Limosani and Jo Dunbar. Working together with new media artist Rhian Hinkley, lighting designer Richard Vabre and sound designer Russell Goldsmith, choreography blends with images and sound building access into aesthetics. Layered and revealing, 'Under My Skin' challenges what it is to listen and be heard.
'Under My Skin leaves no sense untouched despite bringing together an audience and performers who are both hearing and deaf. Using dance, projection and tactile sound it weaves together a moving and powerful exploration of identity with the inclusive and exclusive spaces that its diverse elements imply.'
Direction: Lina Limosani & Jo Dunbar
Choreography: A collaboration between Lina Limosani, Jo Dunbar and dancers
'...This is an important piece of dance theatre. It is authentic and honest but most importantly, it wills you to think for yourself...'
Charlotte Maxwell - AFRONALYSIS
Not Today’s Yesterday a new dance theatre work in collaboration with London's Bharatanatyam Classical Indian dancer Seeta Patel.
Through a blend of classical Indian dance, contemporary dance and design this work is a one – woman show dealing with cultural identity versus perceived identity, exploring notions of how ‘pretty’ and ‘suitable’ rhetorical stories are blurring and clouding our perceptions of the past.
The premise of this exploration has come from our concerns that revisionist and airbrushed histories have become a large issue in our relevant countries. History is being manipulated to make a more convenient and attractive package for people to consume, but is becoming detrimental to a true progress and understanding of other cultures.
Not Today's Yesterday is a compelling look at the threat of histories being ‘whitewashed’ by the powerful.