SAND is a dance theatre piece that responds to weathered fragments of our past, embedded in landscapes and built environments. This contemporary cross-cultural work explores how bodies relate with one another in the resistance and shifting nature of sand.
The performance is being developed so it can take place in an architectural installation, outside in the natural environment, or inside a theatre.
SAND draws from Japanese classic literature, the 2011 tsunami and Indigenous connections to sand and stories of sand mining in Australia to create an original, contemporary performance.
SAND is created by Belloo Creative (Australia), Idiot Savant Theatre Company (Japan) and NORPA.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Belloo began collaborating with IDIOT SAVANT at TPAM 2017. Idiot Savant is known for their ability to fuse body expression and physicality with text and images to produce original, contemporary experimental physical performances. Artistic director Koh-to-shi has created a performance theory “Ki-Han-SHo” – it is based on the logic of Japanese physicality and the principles of sports medicine-performers and dancers from diverse training backgrounds (classical & contemporary dance, martial arts, sports) perform in landscape and industrial settings.
Photos by Nao Akao.