Company Miji and Desert Sea Productions
02 June 2011 - 05 June 2011
Reliquary is a work full of ideas, some moments of profound beauty and pathos, and some exquisite synthesising between the various art forms.
- The Age, 2007
What do Indigenous Australian culture and Korean spirituality have in common?
In what is surely a world first, they will share a stage and start a racial exchange that celebrates what we share, rather than drawing lines that divide us.
This brave, original experiment in dance making was born when Korean dancer Soo Yeun You moved to Australia and saw traditional Indigenous dance for the first time.
Struck by the powerful presence of this ancient art form, she immediately recognised the common spiritual root of Korean shamanism and Aboriginal dreaming. Her interest sparked a collaboration with former Bangarra member Gina Rings, and the result is a deeply profound dialogue about the significance of traditional culture in a modern Australia.
Reliquary takes two very different traditional dance forms, and combines them with exquisite puppetry, video art and aesthetic sound design to focus it all through a contemporary lens. Soo Yeun and Gina have collaborated with accomplished designer and puppeteer Hamish Fletcher, innovative Sonic Artist Philippe Pasquier and acclaimed lighting designer Alexandre Malta, to create a truly interdisciplinary work of rare stylistic innovation. The result is an inspired melding that reveals moments of powerful, compelling beauty, and unravels a shared hope for cultural heritage.
Featuring a stellar cast that includes renowned Indigenous dancer Albert David (Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australian Ballet), Reliquary enjoyed a sell out season at last year's Dreaming Festival. Excerpts from a Foxtel Documentary about this season can be seen here.
Now, for four nights only, Reliquary invites Melbourne to hear our ancient stories-the myths that make us who we are-told in a new language of movement that is deeply universal.
Choreographers: Soo Yeun You & Gina Rings
Puppetry Direction: Hamish Fletcher
Sonic Design: Philippe Pasquier
Lighting Design: Alexandre Malta
Set/Projection Design: Brandon Hur
Dancers: Eric Avery, Albert David, Lilian Grace Steiner, Yong Ying & Yi Zhang.
Dates: Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th June (Thursday, preview)
Times: Thur - Sat @ 8pm; Sun @ 5pm
Where: Sylvia Staehli Theatre,
Dancehouse, 150 Princes Street North Carlton
Price: $25 Full/$20 Concession
To Book, Click here or call 03 9347 2860
This performance has wheelchair accessibility.