Joshua Thomson, Alana Everett, Bec Jones, Alya Manzart, Robert Tinning.
Commissioned and premiered by Tasdance May 2016 as part of Evolve;Revolve.
Plain English was made in collaboration with dramaturg Martyn Coutts and the Tasdance dancers. The work puts a microscope on the way politicians speak in our current political climate - deconstructing recent interviews and speeches from Australian politicians and using their rhythm, patterns, slogans and stutters to build a choreographic vocabulary that takes on a life of it’s own. What began to emerge was the symbiotic relationship between politicians and the media, causing us to question: In this mass and mess of media, debate, ratings and polls is there any room to have an authentic conversation about something meaningful?
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Photograph by Nicholas Higgins