14 August 2013 - 18 August 2013
Devised and choreographed by Victoria Chiu
Performed by Victoria Chiu and Amelia McQueen
Original score by Roland Cox
Lighting design by Ben Shaw
Costume design by Harriet Oxley
Get comfortable, as Victoria Chiu takes a needle to our world of comfort, convenience and reassuring routines. Or perhaps they are not that reassuring after all?...
Floored is Dancehouse Housemate Victoria Chiu's exploration into comfort and complacency- our love of indulgence, our dependence on routines, our addiction to intricate mechanisms generating imprisoning comfort zones and safety nets.
" We are all given comforts throughout our lives. They are products, substances, services, securities that we appear to need to make our lives more comfortable and they differ for each person.", says Chiu.
Shifting from moments of chaos to serenity, the work changes pace and energy as much as the habits we form and try to break. Structured in three separate parts, each piece has its own journey and is supported by electronic, percussive and classical musical scores created by composer Roland Cox.
Floored invites you to take a look at what may lie beyond the well-worn patterns of comfortable thinking, acting, consuming or simply being? It may be a little uncomfortable but we may feel a little more brave with ourselves.
Sydney-born Victoria Chiu trained at the VCA, Melbourne. She has performed and toured extensively with European companies Companie Nomades, Cie Gilles Jobin, Micha Purucker and Jane Turner. In Australia, she has worked with Fiona Malone, Bernadette Walong and with Australian Dance Theatre for TV show 'Superstars of Dance' filmed in LA. She has choreographed four short works in Switzerland 'Oui, No Nein Non' in two parts, 'Possible?' and 'Jezabel Velvet', funded by the Ville de Geneve and Loterie Romande. Her first full length work was a Sydney/Geneva collaboration with Cie. József Trefeli called 'StarStruck' which premiered in Sydney and toured to Europe funded by the Ville de Geneve, Loterie Romande and Pro Helvetia. Her second full length was created with Roland Cox, 'The Ballad of Herbie Cox'. It toured across Canada and is touring to Los Angeles in April 2013. This year Victoria is also creating a new work on Alice Springs dance company, Dusty Feet. Together with partner Roland Cox, she has started the company CHIUCOX in 2009.
Roland Cox's extensive dance career has seen him perform with many of Australia's major dance companies including Sydney Dance Company, Australian Dance Theatre and The Australian Ballet for which he performed Principal Roles. He has created work with several contemporary and dance theatre choreographers in France, Switzerland, Austria and the UK as well as having new choreography developed on him by Tanja Liedtke. Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, has presented his choreography and he has been nominated for Most Promising Choreography and Most Outstanding Dancer in Critics Survey editions of Dance Australia magazine. For FLOORED, he composed the original sound score. Roland studied classical piano under Philip Shovk at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music (tertiary) achieving High Distinctions. He has composed and/or performed live music for many dance companies including a score commissioned by The Australian Ballet.
Amelia McQueen graduated from Adelaide College of the Arts and has been an ensemble member for diverse companies such as Tanz Atelier Wien (Vienna), Tasdance (Launceston), Stalker Theatre Company (Sydney) and Strange Fruit (Melbourne). Under the direction of Tanja Liedtke, she developed a role for the dance theatre production Twelfth Floor that she performed in Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany 2006-2009. She is featured in the current release film 'Life in Movement' (Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize 2011) about Tanja's life and death, and continues to work for the Tanja Liedtke Foundation delivering the 'Inspiring Dance' Masterclass series that she developed in collaboration with Tanja's core creative team. Amelia has presented her own work in Adelaide, Melbourne and Amsterdam. In 2010/11 she undertook a Solo Performance Residency through Victoria University (Melbourne) to further extend her choreographic practice.
Dates: 14 - 18 August
Time: 8pm (Sunday 18 August, 5pm ONLY)
Cost: $25.00 Full
$15.00 Dancehouse members
$10.00 Deakin/VCA students
Bookings: click here
Image: Lucy Spartalis, for Dancehouse
Produced by Dancehouse with the support of Arts Victoria