Exploring themes of isolation and dislocation, this dance/theatre/film performance examines an Australian experience of landscape.
Featuring award winning performer Jacqui Claus, standing bird is a mystery story. What crime has been committed? What are the forces that threaten? What do we feel but cannot see?
Referencing the tradition of Australian gothic horror, landscape is cast as a potentially malevolent and hostile character. A place of fearful secrets, unheard voices and the hidden – is this a natural environment inhospitable to freedom?
standing bird is an exciting collaboration between leading independent West Australian artists also featuring (in film/vision/sound): Paea Leach, Shona Erskine, Kyle Morrison, and Sally Richardson. Variations have been presented as part of Dance on Film (Dance Week 2010), Short Cuts (Strut 2009) and Reeldance WA.
Concept/ Text/ Direction Sally Richardson
Choreographer Danielle Micich
Performer Jaqui Claus
Sound Kingsley Reeve
Vision/ Film Ashley de Prazer
Dramaturgy Humphrey Bower
Some dancers are born to perform alone. Jacqui Claus is one of these rare creatures and Sally Richardson’s Standing Bird owes much to her strength as its soloist…The final section of the work is triumphant, and this was reflected by enthusiastic applause as Claus took her bow on opening night. The West Australian
Claus has conquered, and she has made this solo work her own. She ably provided the sheer physical and emotional depth demanded by this full-length work. ArtsHub
This is a beautiful piece, superbly directed by Sally Richardson… Almost everyone on this cream of a team has been nominated for major awards, so it is not surprising that this performance captured the imagination and the emotions of the audience. Exceptional merging of music and movement. Fabulous rendition by Jacqui. Theatre Australia
2012 | Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts