Liesel Zink

Martyn Coutts

Lighting Design
Darren Willmott

Sound Artist
Mike Willmett

Joshua Thomson, Alana Everett, Bec Jones, Alya Manzart, Robert Tinning.

Understudy Dancer
Sharon Lee



Plain English

Commissioned and premiered by Tasdance as part of EVOLVE;REVOLVE 2016

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?

A video and teachers notes are available for this work.
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Plain English by Liesel Zink

Photograph by Nicholas Higgins