I keep falling in and out of myself, just as I fell out of paradise...

standing bird

Presented by Sally Richardson and The Blue Room Theatre


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 soloistThe 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


Jacqui Claus Performer
On graduating from WAAPA in 2005 Jacqui began performing in the UK for Neville Campbell and Densemble Contemporary Dance Company. Since her return to Perth in 2008 she has worked with Buzz Dance Theatre, Strut Dance and as mentor to Link Dance Company. Jacqui has also worked with a range of independent choreographers including Danielle Micich, Brooke Leeder, Alice Lee Holland and Chrissie Parrott. In 2009 Jacqui performed Chrissie Parrott’s Cyg.net for the Strut Short Cuts season earning her the title of ‘Most Outstanding Dancer and Dancer to Watch’ in the Dance Australia Critics Choice Survey. In 2010 Jacqui was the winner of the West Australian Dance Award for Emerging Artist.