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


Sue Peacock


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


Sue Peacock Choreographer/ Performer
Sue danced with the Australian Dance Theatre for eight years, performing both in Australia and overseas. She has also performed with Limbs (NZ), 2 Dance (now BUZZ), Helen Herbertson, One Extra Dance Co., Fieldworks Performance Group, Chrissie Parrott, co.loaded and ID339 Dancegroup. Sue has made commissioned works for companies and tertiary institutions across Australia. She is the Artistic Program Manager of STRUT dance, a lecturer at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, has been a board member of Ausdance WA, PICA and a panel member for Asialink. Sue was a 2002/03 Churchill Fellow and in 2004 received a Creative Development Fellowship from ArtsWA. In 2005, Sue was voted Best Female Dancer in the inaugural AusdanceWA Dance Awards and in 2006 was awarded for Services to Dance. Questions Without Notice was nominated in 2009 and won the AusdanceWA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography.

Stefan Karlsson  Choreographer/ Performer
Stefan has danced with the Cullberg Ballet (Sweden), Tanzforum (Germany), West Australian Ballet and Sydney Dance Company. He was a founding member of the Chrissie Parrott Dance Company and since 1993 has worked as a freelance and guest dancer, actor, teacher and choreographer for Deckchair Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, and Australian Dance Theatre among others. Stefan has worked with some of the world’s leading choreographers spanning three decades including: Garry Stewart, Lucy Guerin and Chrissie Parrott in Australia plus Stephen Petronio, Mats Ek, Jiri Kylian, Christopher Bruce, Maurice Bejart and Ohad Naharin. In 1999 he was nominated for Best Performance by a Company with Margrete Helgeby for Loaded at the Ausdance National Awards. He later won the Ausdance WA Award for Special Achievement with Margrete Helgeby for co.loaded’s production of Aqueous at the 2005 Perth International Arts Festival. More recently, he has worked with Sue Peacock on the development of Questions Without Notice, Prologue and Epilogue.

Andrew Lake Designer (Video/ Lighting/ Set)
Working together since 2000, Andrew Lake has developed a longstanding artistic and collaborative relationship with Sue Peacock. Andrew completed an Associate Diploma in Production and Design and a Bachelor in Performing Arts at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. His studies culminated in a thesis exploring three-dimensional relationships between light, space and the body, an attribute that remains the essence of his current design practice. Andrew has designed with Black Swan Theatre Co., Deckchair Theatre, Last Seen Imagining, Skadada, Steamworks Arts Productions, Perth Theatre Co., Spare Parts Puppet Theatre and Porkchop Production Co. He has had works tour nationally and internationally. Andrew was a finalist for the 2004 Helpmann Awards and the 2006 Green Room Awards.

Cathie Travers Composer
Cathie Travers has performed with, and composed for, many Australian orchestras and concert artists, appearing live and on albums ranging from avant-garde classical through latin-jazz, rock and assorted world musics. She has also collaborated on many dance-theatre projects and been featured at major Australian arts festivals and concerts in Canada, the USA, the UK, Malaysia, Thailand and Japan. Her current projects include leading a gypsy-tango quartet, a duo fusing karnatic music with tango-electronica, and an experimental music-theatre project. Travers’ musical instruments are accordion, guitar, keyboards, ukulele and laptop computer.





Producer Contact:
Fiona de Garis
+61 8 9200 6213


Sue Peacock in the studio

Posted: January 21st, 2015