Leshan Song & Dance Troupe (Australia/China/New Zealand)
On a quiet spring afternoon in 2008, an earthquake measuring eight on the Richter scale devastated the Sichuan province of China, killing over 69,000 people. It was natural disaster on such a scale that defied imagination – but for millions of Chinese survivors, there was nothing for it but to pick up the pieces and carry on.
A world premiere Melbourne Festival commission, Fault Lines represents a unique collaboration between China’s renowned Leshan Song & Dance Troupe, who hail from Sichuan province, and Christchurch-born choreographer Sara Brodie. Together they have crafted an intimate, personal response to an overwhelming catastrophe – a much-needed antidote to the media’s simplistic depictions of carnage and heroism.
In a landscape irrevocably changed, both literally and figuratively, those who remain explore the new contours of home, revealing the sorrow, confusion and occasional humour found in a familiar space rendered unrecognisable. As the dancers roam the stage, discovering what’s left, they find ways of rebuilding, joining to reconstruct their shattered lives and communities.
A dance of rare technical prowess, Fault Lines is a sincere elegy to those lost, and a stirring tribute to the resilience of the human spirit.
WarningAdult concepts, incense burning, loud effects
Concept & Direction Sara Brodie
Choreography by Sara Brodie and Ross McCormack
Music Gareth Farr
Additional Music Material Gao Ping
Lighting & AV Design Paul Lim
Set & Costume Design Mark Macintyre
Music Performed by Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (NZ), Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra (Beijing)??
Performers Meng Dan, Zhang Hao, Deng Linxun, Jiang Lu, Peng Miaomiao, Peng Rui, Wang Siyang, Wang Sizhu, Liu Wei, Aluo Weiqi, Liu Xianxian, Xie Xingfei, Wang Xue, Zhang Yan, Xu Yi, Huang Yongxiang, Mu Yuhong
Wed 10 Oct at 7.30pm
Thu 11 Oct at 2pm
Thu 11 - Sat 13 Oct at 7.30pm
Sat 13 Oct at 2pm?
1hr 20min no interval
|A Reserve Full||$58.00|
|A Reserve Group (8+)||$52.20|
|A Reserve Senior||$49.30|
|A Reserve Concession||$43.50|
|A Reserve Student||$25.00|
|A Reserve Full||$40.00|
The Malthouse, Merlyn Theatre
113 Sturt Street