The Stance


Directed and choreographed by Liesel Zink in collaboration with:

Sound Artist
Mike Willmett

Rehearsal Director and Assistant Choreographer
Robert Flehr

Dancers of Mature Artist Dance Experience
Chrissie Bell, Joanna Dean, Beverley Funnell, Shirley Gibson, Kate Ireland, Christine Keele, Sally Lock and Penny Carey Wells.

Martyn Coutts


@ Salamanca Moves

Hobart 2016

‘The world is needing care and love
Dreadful events at every bend
Perhaps our time to be bold again is just around the corner.
Taking a stance in favour of truth and justice
is an obligation for those of us who live in grace
A privilege not to be assumed. Dictators are always in the wings.
Revealing the truth requires eloquent courage
It may call for silent protest; for sitting down rather than standing up?
Acting rather than talking; for who will step forward if we do not?’

(Excerpt from a poem by Beverley Funnel (MADE Dancer) inspired by her reflections on protest throughout The Stance process.)

The Stance in Hobart was developed in collaboration with Mature Artist Dance Experience, inspired by the conversations & interviews with local historians, archivists, activists & organizations (inc. Wilderness Society).

The Stance in Hobart was performed in Salamanca Square during the bustling Saturday Salamanca Markets.

Photography by Liesel Zink


Special thanks to the support of Tasdance, Salamanca Arts Centre, Olgivie State Highschool and the many locals that contributed their stories and experiences to the making of this work.

The Stance was first created with the support of Metro Arts, with the assistance of the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. The Stance in Tasmania was seeded by Dance Satellite, curated and produced by Britt Guy.