Sprung is a 60 minute duet choreographed by Sue Peacock and performed by Sue Peacock and Stefan Karlsson.
A collaboration with set/video/lighting designer Andrew Lake, multiple performance languages are used to unravel the histories of these two mature performers. From the outset, their contract with each other is quite simple; “One will dance, the other will not laugh.”
Underlying their seemingly ridiculous efforts to ‘make art’, their taunts of each other and critique of the creative process, is a very real acknowledgement of the fragility and vulnerability of the performer and the universal challenges of getting older.
Karlsson and Peacock tell their different stories framed by crisp lighting and vast, ever changing backdrops by Andrew Lake, accompanied by Cathie Travers’ original music woven between well-known songs from Peggy Lee, Dusty Springfield and the Black Eyed Peas.
A witty, tender and humorous exploration of a previous flawed self.
Choreographed and Performed by Sue Peacock with Stefan Karlsson
Lighting/ Set/ Video Design Andrew Lake
Composer Cathie Travers
Producers Performing Lines WA
Peacock is renowned for her loose-limbed, released movement style, and watching the pair perform that style was a delight. The West Australian
Peacock’s style is remote at times – it can seem as if she’s dancing in a firmament – yet beautiful. She can show devastating strength one minute and descend as gently to the floor as a piece of silk, the next. The contrast with Karlsson’s debonair and insouciant movement is a force field to savour. Their marvellous duets are a furious fight at times – their solos personal and idiosyncratic. Rita Clarke, Independent Reviewer
There are moments of cheekiness and togetherness, fights and isolation, humour and desperation. They are a wonderful combination, conveying through their considerable dramatic sensibility, satire, humour or a pathos that brings you up short. Rita Clarke, Independent Reviewer
2011 | Dyuetto, Fringe Club, Hong Kong
2010 | Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, WA