danse (3) - sans spectacle


After the skein of the spectacle has been removed, we return to dance. Rosalind Crisp

'… Beyond analogy, Crisp's movement is astonishing in its sheer otherness,… the standard syntax of dance erased. It's magical…, it's dance… like never before' – RealTime (2011)

danse (3) is in part a response to seven years of making work in France, where the spectacle is king. danse (3) dispenses with most of the wrapping. But nonetheless, exploits the context of the spectacle to place the viewer at the corps of the dance.

danse (3) is also working in response to the economy of performance making and the real time it takes to land a work. It is unfinished, suspended in mid-cycle, being made by performing, part of a series of incomplete works where the raw materials are held in the foreground until they coalesce into form. It might resemble more a nest of crabs than a piece.



d a n s e  is a modality of work that  Rosalind Crisp has been developing since 2005. It is about a way of working with the body and an ensemble of unstable principles which guide the production of movement by the dancer. These principles are continually transforming, constituting a language that is both rigorously identifiable and constantly mutating.

d a n s e  is not a piece but a world in constant evolution. This process of work is the basis from which pieces or performances crystallise, reflecting different moments or facets of the process, and which we term 'sites'. Each piece or performance is born of the confrontation between the practice of  d a n s e , other artists, a particular space, or a specific question. Each of these meetings carves a new direction for the work, giving the particular form and substance to each site ….

Isabelle Ginot     



Rosalind Crisp trained in classical and contemporary dance at the Victorian Ballet School, Melbourne, and in Contact Improvisation, release work and BMC® at the EDDC, the Netherlands. In 1996, in Sydney, she established Omeo Dance studio, a place of residence for her research and a 'home' for a community of dance artists in Sydney. She created many works there, developed local and international exchanges, and received the NSW Women & Arts Fellowship (1996), a MO Award (1997) and a choreographic fellowship from the Australia Council (2000-2001).

Invited to France in 2002 by Michel Caserta, director of the Paris dance biennale,  Rosalind has been the choreographic associate of the Atelier de Paris - Carolyn Carlson, from 2004 to 2012. Through her ongoing studio-based research and in collaboration with artists in Australia and Europe, (Lizzie Thomson, Céline Debyer, Max Fossati, Andreas Müller, Andrew Morrish, writer Isabelle Ginot, ...),  her d a n s e  project has evolved, giving rise to numerous performance works (dance 2005, danse (1) 2006, danse (4) 2008, No-one will tell us… 2010, ≠espèces 2011, danse (3) 2013), and a training methodology. Rosalind creates, performs, teaches and tours her work throughout Europe and Australia. She is sought after as a mentor and teacher and is a guest choreographer at a number of Universities (VCA Melbourne, Laban London, HZT Berlin) and for several independent European dance companies.

Céline Debyser  studied at the prestigious Conservatoire National Superieur de Music and Dance Paris where, in 1995, she obtained her diploma in contemporary dance. Her professional life has seen her work with, amongst others, Hervé Diasnas, Jean-François Duroure, Richard Mouradian, Françoise Murcia, Mié Coquempot, Odile Duboc, Erika Zueneli, Kataline Patkaï and Myriam Gourfink. Since 2006, she is a core member of Rosalind Crisp's ensemble.

Max Fossati studied at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine at Angers followed by the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier. Since 2002, he participates in the projects of choreographers Gabriel Hernàndez and Alban Richard. He has also danced for Matteo Moles, Osman Khelili, Odile Duboc and Virginie Mirbeau. Since 2007, he is a core member of Rosalind Crisp's ensemble.

Read more on Omeo Danse and Rosalind Crisp's d a n s e 


Date: 5 - 6 December
Time: 7pm and 8.30pm
Running Time: 35 minutes
Where: Upstairs studio (this event is not wheelchair accessible)
Cost: $10 to $25
Bookings: click here

Please note: due to the intimate nature of the performance, there is no fixed seating for this production. Patrons will be invited sit on large cushions that surround the performance area. Some standard chairs are available for patrons with mobility requirements.

Choreography and concept Rosalind Crisp
in collaboration with Céline Debyser and Max Fossati, assisted by Andrew Morrish
Perfromed by Rosalind Crisp, Céline Debyser and Max Fossati
Lights Marco Wehrspann
Sound Andrew Morrish

A Rosalind Crisp / Omeo Dance Inc. production,  co-produced with Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté in Belfort, La Fabrique de Saint Astier, Dordogne, Performance Space Sydney and Dancehouse Melbourne. With the support of the Embassy of France in Australia, Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson, East Gippsland Shire Council and Critical Path.

danse (3) has been supported by the CCN of Franche-Comté in Belfort in the framework of a residency, assisted by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication – DRAC Franche-Comté.

photos Heidrun Löhr 2011