I left my shoes on warm concrete and stood in the rain

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A visual poem for anyone who has taken the enchanting qualities of their broken world and built a fairytale as inspiration to survive.

The performance considers 'struggle' as an inherent quality of being human. Both deeply personal and universal, struggle is a multi-faceted player - beautiful, inspiriting and powerful, insufferable and harsh.

Timeless and indiscriminate...Struggle just is.

Intense physicality, haunting words and a striking soundtrack are the characters employed. They awaken images, emotions and stories in response to struggle and the creative resourcefulness it inspires in humankind.

I left my shoes on warm concrete and stood in the rain harnesses the imagination as a physical force.

Text, Physical Content & Performance - Gabrielle Nankivell

Original Soundtrack - Luke Smiles / motion laboratories

Design - Bluebottle Benjamin Cisterne

Gabrielle Nankervill belongs to a generation of International artists that are creating work across multiple countries. A show in a van on the road in the outback or walking the boards at Theatre de la Ville in's all about the adventure, and all about the conversations. Her goal is to ignite the imagination of audiences and create continuing avenues of dialogue on the topic of performance.

Gabrielle has directed numerous performances that have been presented in Australia, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, UK, Croatia, Armenia and Portugal.

She has been performing worldwide since 2000 with companies and artists including Ultima Vez/Wim Vandekeybus (Belgium), OX/Gabrielle Nankivell & Jurij Konjar (Australia/Slovenia), Alexander Baervoets (Belgium), Aaben Dans/Thomas Eisenhardt (Denmark), Ballet Braunschweig (Germany), Australian Dance Theatre/Garry Stewart (Australia), Thomas Steyaert (Belgium), Luke Smiles (Australia) and Raul Maia (Portugal) amongst others.
Gabrielle is currently creating a solo work titled I left my shoes on warm concrete and stood in the rain at Dancehouse assisted by their Housemate residency program. She is also undertaking post-graduate studies in Writing and touring Of raving gods and the dogs who made them supported by Ulti'mates/Ultima Vez.

Alongside her performance work, Gabrielle has been leading classes and workshops in Improvisation, Performance technique, Contemporary technique and Floorwork in both Europe and Australia. Most recently she has been teaching for Dancenorth, Chunky Move, Australian Dance Theatre and Ausdance.

Gabrielle is a SCOPE recipient, has twice held a scholarship to the Impulstanz festival in Vienna and has been awarded a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship by Arts Management Australia.

She completed formal training with Jaqueline Tucker in Adelaide and the Victorian College of the Arts and is mentored daily by the world around her.


Where: Dancehouse, 150 Princes Street, North Carlton
   8 - 12 July, 2009
Wed - Sat at 8pm   Sun at 5pm
$20 full / $16 conc. / $12 members
$22 full / $18 conc. / $15 members on 9347 2860

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