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Back in the early 90s, as a teenager, I started doing contemporary dance classes at Tasdance. A few years later I perched myself on the stone step and offered to sweep floors and do odd jobs in return for a traineeship with the company. After that year of training and performing I was then ready to try my luck in the big smoke and the rest is history. It’s an immense pleasure to be back.
I approached the making of this work with no preconceived idea of what it would become. The music provided the framework and the world mushroomed out of the chemical reaction between myself and the dancers. It has become about the rupture between states of chaos and organisation. On the one hand the dancers rally, galvanise and move in the same direction. On the other they thrash, shatter and collapse. There is domination and there is tenderness as they crystallise into mechanistic parts and fall into the wild. My sincere thanks to Annie Greig for the commission – particularly special as it is her last program as director of the company. Her tenacity, dedication and support of so many choreographers and dancers across the past 18 years is nothing short of amazing. Special thanks to Simon and the TSO, Alexi, Damien, Carol, Irenee, Darren and Robin. And finally to the brilliant dancers who made every day in the studio a joy. Stephanie Lake
Matthew Hindson, Philip Glass, Jonny Greenwood and Arvo Part, performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra