Vicki Van Hout
Presented by Arts House, Performance Space and Intimate Spectacle
As part of Dance Massive 2015
8:30pm, Tue 10 Mar
8:30pm, Wed 11 Mar
8:30pm, Thu 12 Mar
1pm, Fri 13 Mar
8:30pm, Fri 13 Mar
8:30pm, Sat 14 Mar
5 Blackwood St,
Adult concepts. Suitable for ages 15+
Five people come out from the tall spear grass. He’s feeling no-good sorry way, he says. She bin look after him, but really wants a holiday. He’s runaway from payback, waiting for mob to forget. And she bin on the grog, always ’luring ’luring, causing trouble.
To live ‘long grass’ is to live on the fringe, yet right in the middle of the city – the Northern Territory term for Aboriginal people perceived as being homeless. Can honour, courage, solidarity and belonging exist outside a formal postcode and the trappings of stable housing?
Indigenous choreographer Vicki Van Hout’s powerful new dance theatre work Long Grass combines weaving, shadowplay, text and sparse video with an idiosyncratic dance language indicative of the Top End; to find warmth, humour and play in a community at the edge.
“The choreography is powerful an exhilarating…articulate and expressive…above all, there is warmth and humour.” – Sydney Morning Herald
Director and Choreographer:
Vicki Van Hout
Cultural Consultant and Voice/Sound:
Darren Edwards, Thomas E S Kelly, Katina Olsen, Caleena Sansbury, Taree Sansbury
Choreographic Collaborator, Cultural Consultant and Voice/Sound:
Harley Stumm, Steph Walker
Supported by – Long Grass has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW; Critical Path; the University of Sydney; Darwin Entertainment Centre; and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Image by –Lucy Parakhina