The wonders of science presented through bite-sized contemporary dance and slam poetry.
Created by award-winning choreographer Liesel Zink in collaboration with renowned Brisbane slam poet Josh Donellan, SHORTS is a series of contemporary dance, science and poetry vignettes designed for performance in the round. Each vignette (10–20mins long) draws from neurochemistry and psychology research to investigate the ways that humans receive and process information. Three dancers perform mesmerizing and at times playful movement to original sound composition by Mike Willmett. Through the lens of science SHORTS displays a stunning portrait of humans negotiating the world and each other.
SHORTS seeks to attract new audiences to contemporary dance. Though adaptable to a range of sites, the vignettes are designed primarily for public space where they invite broad and inclusive audiences to witness a familiar space taken over by poetry and dance.
SHORTS is also modular, each vignette can be presented individually or as a collective whole. Liesel will work with the presenting partner to find the best format for each venue/presenter to allow for optimum use of space and engagement with audiences.
SHORTS has an optional community engaged element which sees a group of local performers work alongside the professional dancers in the creation of their very own dance/science vignette.
- Venue Format
- Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue, Outdoor
- Technical Rating
- Touring Party
The work is designed with tour-ability in mind. We only require speakers to deliver sound to the audiences. Chairs are optional, otherwise we can encourage audience to both sit and stand in a circle while watching. More specific technical specifications will be made available in by October 2019.
The modular format allows for varying formats of presentation for example:
- presenting only one vignette
- presenting all of the vignettes as one collective performance
- presenting individual vignettes on consecutive days ( for example for daily activation and gradual building og audience engagement in a festival)
- presenting vignettes in different spaces and sites in a town or city.
Liesel Zink is an award-winning choreographer interested in the body in shifting landscapes. Seeking to engage new and diverse audiences in meaningful arts experiences she creates large-scale dance and sound work in public space and uses her process as an opportunity for artistic, cultural and inter-generational exchange.
Liesel received the 2017 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance for her public space work project ‘The Stance’ which has toured extensively around Australia as well as internationally at Sziget Festival (Hungary) 2017, Ansan Street Arts Festival (South Korea) 2017 and City Contemporary Dance Festival (Hong Kong) 2019.
2019 has seen Liesel choreograph a new site-specific work in Ukraine at their largest gallery Mystetski Arsenal and she will undertake a La Boite /MDH residency for development of a new project Shorts.
In 2018 Liesel premiered new dance and science collaboration Inter at Flowstate, and joined Force Majeure as a lead artist in development of their site-specific work FLOCK. She’s also been commissioned to create works for dance companies including Tasdance, EDC and LINK Dance Company.
Liesel is currently working with Performing Lines to produce Amrita Hepi’s national/international tour of A Call To Dance. She is also producing a Hong Kong / Queensland Independent Dance Exchange.
- Company Website
Unique Selling Point
SHORTS is designed with tour-ability in mind, being light in infrastructure and configured for various sites. It's modular format allows it to be adaptable in scope to accommodate for venues with varying capacities and audience demand. This flexibility also enables the work to be responsive to the best presentation format for varying locations.
For audiences, it is accessible with varying ‘ways into’ the work including real-world ideas, engaging movement and accessible and often poignant explorations on scientific concepts through slam poetry. Further more the community engagement strategy for the project allows for deeper participation, meaningful engagement and audience development.
Please note, current photographic and video footage is of INTER (a previous work similar in feel and mood).
SHORTS is soon to be developed through a La Boite / MDH residency with it's first public presentation at La Boite, early October.
During this time we will:
- Refine marketing copy.
- Take updated photographs for marketing images
- Upload both full-length videos to vimeo and 3 minute promotional previews to share with interested venues/presenters.
- Create a small book with J. M. Donellan’s poetry.
- Provide descriptions of dance/science workshops that can be taught alongside the performance.
- Create education resources to be available for March 2020.
SHORTS extends upon Liesel's interest in finding innovate ways to meaningfully engage audiences in the places in which I present work.
As part of our community engagement strategy, we offer the option for the creative team to spend time with some local arts groups (ie. youth and mature age dance or theatre groups), hosting a series of workshops that see them work alongside professional dancers in the creation of their own dance/science vignette in response to Josh’s poetry. This provides a unique opportunity for artistic skills exchange and creation of a performance that a community group can perform alongside the professional dancers of SHORTS.
The format of this engagement would be discussed in collaboration with the venue and need to be accommodating to various community organization schedules. For example, in Cairns we are working with The Young Company to undertake two week workshop period focused on skills exchange and introduction of the concepts and movement, and another intensive focused on making a performance to respond to Josh's poetry.
In addition, we can provide a series of workshops in:
- science and movement
- maths and movement
This seek to promote fun and creative kinaesthetic learning experiences for maths and science.