Small Details extends the focus in Sandra Parker's practice on minimal movement and gestural action. The work uses a series of automated kinetic sculptures set against intricately refined choreography. Selected gestures are performed in extreme detail and in repetitious cycles: the work's duration testing the performers' and audience's capacity to meet the demands of the choreographic system. At its apex, where precision and fixity break, the work attunes attention beyond the choreographic logic, to focus on the vulnerabilities, limitations and potentials of the body in an automated and technologically advanced world.

Director/Choreographer: Sandra Parker
Dancers: Arabella Frahn-Starkie, Melissa Jones, Kasey Lack
Kinetic Sculptures: Rhian Hinkley
Sound: David Franzke
Light and Spatial Design: Jenny Hector


Sandra Parker is the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts Dance Board Fellowship and a Centenary Medal for Services to Australian Society and Dance. Recent projects include the in-progress showing of Gender/Power Composition IV with NY artists Kris Grey and Maya Ciarrocchi, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space, NY, 2015; work-in-progress presentation of Small Details, Dance Massive Open Studios, 2015; Three Angles (2014), an interactive single-channel video installation, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; Three Frames (2013), two video channels, sound, live performance, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, US; The Recording (2013), live performance, Dance Massive, 2013; Document (2011), Dancehouse, Melbourne; Transit (2010), Horti Hall, Melbourne, 2010, Melbourne Festival 2012, Faits d'hiver, Paris, 2013; Out of Light (2009), Gasworks, and The View From Here (2007), Joyce Soho, New York.  Upcoming projects: Automaton, an installation at Sara Scout Presents, Melbourne, June 2016; and the creation of a new multi-channel video installation All Day and All Night, with funding assistance from the Australia Council for the Arts, Multi-Arts.


Dates: 15-17 March
Times: 8:30pm
Duration: 60 mins
Where: Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse
Cost: $25 F | $20 C | $15 DH Members & Yarra residents
Bookings: click here

Image credit: Gregory Lorenzutti for Dancehouse

Small Details is supported by the City of Yarra through Dancehouse; the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria; and Auspicious Arts Projects.


DANCE MASSIVE is an initiative of Arts House, Malthouse and Dancehouse in conjunction with Ausdance Victoria. Dance Massive is supported by Creative Victoria and the Australian Government's Ministry for the Arts. The delegate program of Dance Massive is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.The Dancehouse Dance Massive program is supported by the City of Yarra and its public program, by Victoria College of the Arts.