Characters emerge and unravel in this darkly funny physical exploration of human interactions in confinement, set in a mysterious institution. Five extraordinary performers play out shifting relationships of desire and power, of hope and despair. A rich combination of dance, theatre, movement, video and DJ Tr!p’s moody soundtrack make a sophisticated and original work, shifting effortlessly from tender, lyrical moments to brooding menace to explosive physicality.
This fresh and powerful work, Winner of Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Female Dancer in the Australian Dance Awards 2006, features performers from Australian Dance Theatre and DV8 Physical Theatre.
“This brilliantly incisive and perceptive dance work is disturbing, laugh-aloud funny and tragic… As I write, tears are filling my eyes. That is how strongly it affected me – then, now and, I expect, for a long while to come. [Tanja Liedtke] has created an extraordinary dance work for our times.” Sydney Morning Herald (May 2006)
“Liedtke differentiates her characters brilliantly…Their swings from comic elation to tremulous apprehension and sexual vindictiveness are mirrored in the stunning athleticism of their performance. Twelfth Floor is rich, powerful and compelling.” The Australian (May 2006)
Liedtke was due to take up the post of Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company before her accidental death in August 2007, aged 29. She is best known in the UK for her work with DV8 Physical Theatre (Just for Show) and Australian Dance Theatre.
Twelfth Floor was originally devised through a choreographic Fellowship at The Australian Choreographic Centre, Canberra. Its final development and tour were produced by Performing Lines for Mobile States: Touring Contemporary Performance, Australia, in association with the Adelaide Festival Centre¹s iNSPACE Programme.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and by the South Australia Government through Arts SA.
UK tour supported by Arts Council England.