"construct could apply to many things, from personal careers and relationships, to larger matters. We build cities and destroy them. Great civilisations fall apart. Things increase and decrease. It’s a universal subject, something that is inherent in the world"
- Tanja Liedtke
To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the passing of prodigious talent, Tanja Liedtke, Australian Dance Theatre presents the return season of construct, an extraordinarily complex and detailed piece, performed with great wit, clarity and emotion.
Performed by the dancers of ADT, construct takes a look at the sharp, rigorous and sometimes curious concept of ‘building’. It inhabits an empty theatre full of possibility – a space in which to construct an existence – a future, a life, a relationship and a dream.
From the first dwellings ever built to contemporary towers, to the shelter assembled from the need to simply survive, the physical act of building a structure, a connection or a dream is rich in metaphor and emotional bonds. Building – collapsing – re-buliding – assembling – disintergrating – always building – slow decay. construct uses inventive movement and simple design to evoke the familiar, the domestic and the unexpected.
construct was conceived and directed by Tanja, and choreographed in collaboration with former ADT dancers Kristina Chan and Paul White. Kristina Chan, Paul White and Craig Bary (who was previously a Rehearsal Director on construct) return as re-mount directors for this latest iteration of the celebrated work.
construct – Heidelberg Premiere Season
1 March 2018 – Tanzbienalle Heidelberg
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Presented by Australian Dance Theatre and the Adelaide Festival Centre.
This return season of construct has been made possible by the generous support of the Tanja Liedtke Foundation.