Title of work

Or Is It?

Synopsis

An old Russian proverb states that if the ash berries are red in autumn, winter will be cold and hard. The work shifts from the structure and restraints imposed by the bureaucratic world we inhabit towards a more self-reflective exploration of a personal and spiritual landscape.

In this work Nanette was making a comment on the depersonalising effect that bureaucracy has.  She incorporated a mobile lighting pyramid which was moved around the stage at various points within the dance.

Choreography

Nanette Hassall

Music/sound

Terry Riley - Half Wolf Dances Mad in Moonlight, Aulis Sallinen - Winter was Hard

Dancers

Original cast: Toby Bell, Jon Burtt, Jennie Clayton, Shane Jessup, Catherine O'Brien, Jonathan Rees-Osborne, Anna Smith, Sophie Yesberg

Designers

Set: David Burns, Costumes: Nanette Hassall

Premiere

1991 at the George Fairfax Studio, Victorian Arts Centre.

Season/s

Sing the Past in 1991

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