It's a Jungle Out There

In It's a Jungle Out There choreographer and performer Martin del Amo puts the city at the centre of his exploration.

     Martin Del Amo                                                                                                                                         Image: Heidrun Löhr

Darkly funny and often surreal, del Amo conjures the sprawling and disjointed nature of the metropolis through his imaginative and engaging blend of dance and storytelling with an electronic sound score composed and performed live by Gail Priest.

"With his unique gift for storytelling, Martin del Amo is gaining a reputation as one of the country's leading independent dance artists." Dance Australia


Inspired by a quote from US author Tom Wolfe who once called the modern city 'a billion-footed beast' - wild, bizarre and unpredictable - It's a Jungle Out There puts the city at the heart of its exploration. It investigates it as an ever-changing organism, examining its anatomy, mapping it and relating the results to the body. The city is as much the choreographic source material for this work as it is its thematic target.

Physicalising the city's all-pervasive disjointedness, It's a Jungle Out There contrasts the rigidity of urban architecture and the formality of the street grid with the vibrancy and chaos that pulsates within it. Physical relentlessness caused by sensory over-stimulation alternates with personal stories of life in the city and moments of a gentle, poetic, even sensual nature.

Concept, choreography & performance: Martin del Amo
Composer & live sound: Gail Priest
Lighting: Travis Hodgson
Design: Paul Matthews   

Dates and Times:

Where:  Dancehouse 150 Princes St. Carlton North 3054
     Friday 12th and Saturday 13th of March
Full $22, Conc $18 and  Members $16.
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The premiere season of 'It's a Jungle Out There' was produced by Campbelltown Arts Centre as part of their 2009 Contemporary Dance Program. Its development was supported by the Australia Council, the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body, the Department of Art, Sport and Recreation through Arts NSW, Performance Space, University of Sydney's Department of Performance Studies and Ausdance NSW. The remount and tour of It's a Jungle Out There is supported by the Australia Council and produced by Performing Lines.