MOONDANCE - Isotopic Reflections


Warmly received in London in short version in 2014, the full piece premiered at the 2015 Sydney Fringe Festival, receiving the Dance Award.

MOONDANCE is a mesmerising and unforgettable experience – the tidal power of the moon over our lives is explored through a visceral layering of imagery, sound and movement.

Photographic explorations of the light of the full moon and the earth present a meeting of celestial and terrestrial light. These abstract fields of photographic projections are animated to an other-worldly soundscape and a vivid dance performance that creates a compelling and uncanny shadow.

As an immersive and synaesthetic experience, MOONDANCE delves into the tides, gravitational fields, the vacuum atmospherics, perturbations and sputterings of our nearby astronomy – our 'other' isotopic self - to uncover its pull on our lives.

"This engrossing solo is a vintage piece of dance theatre… a revelation."
- 4.5 stars from Jill Sykes, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.

"...a mesmerizing, powerful and hypnotic hour-long solo. It develops into an almost trancelike meditative state.. At times, she is like a Kabuki demon and then an icy cold Moon Goddess."
- Lynne Lancaster, DANCE INFORMA

"It is an unusual pleasure, emerging from the idiosyncrasy of de Quincey's presence, drawing us in to share in her perspective of the world."
- Suzi Wrong, SUZI GOES SEE


Performance Details:

Dance: Tess de Quincey
Photography: Vsevolod Vlaskine
Video: Samuel James
Sound: Vic McEwan


TESS DE QUINCEY is a choreographer and dancer who has worked throughout Europe, Japan, India and Australia as a performer, teacher and director. Her performance is grounded in the practice of BodyWeather, a synthesis of eastern and western practice and thought that draws from ancient and contemporary traditions and disciplines.

VSEVOLOD VLASKINE was born in Moscow, moved to Sydney in 2004. His photographs and video works have been included in a few collective exhibitions at SNO and Articulate Project Space.

SAMUEL JAMES has worked as a projection designer for contemporary performance and dance since 1995. He won Best Dance Film at the Australian Dance Awards in 2009 with Julie-Anne Long. The focus of his independent video work is phenomenology and media that has been presented in numerous festivals, and in 2013 he completed an MFA on Digital Animism.

VIC MCEWAN is Artistic Director of The Cad Factory, current Arts NSW Regional Arts Fellow and 2015 Artist in Residence at The National Museum. Vic's practice uses sound, video, installation and performance and is deeply entrenched in cross-sector partnerships to examine dysfunctional communication, remote spaces and the poetry embedded in functional objects.


Dates: 6-7 November 2015
Time: 8:00pm
Costs: $25 full / $20 concession
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