THE ENDS OF THINGS

Premiered Melbourne International Festival at the National Theatre, Melbourne, 20 October, 2000.

The Ends of Things is based around a central character whose life, as he understands it, is drawing to a close. His world is reduced to a small room from which he continues his mundane daily activities with painstaking, fastidious monotony, remembering in fragments the life that is behind him. These scenes of regret and missed opportunities are represented by three dancers who eventually encroach upon his world, collapsing the boundaries between reason and chaos, and consigning him to the borderless expanse of the stage and beyond.

The Ends of Things (for Jad McAdam) premiered as part of the Melbourne International Festival at the National Theatre, Melbourne Australia.

REVIEWS | PREMIER SEASON

“In this work Guerin demonstrates both depth and complexity, using current styles of movement, sound and design to reflect on deeper social issues”
HILARY CRAMPTON, THE AGE, 23 OCTOBER, 2000, MELBOURNE

‘”..crisply delineated choreography which expresses multi-layered concepts”
JILL SYKES, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 31 OCTOBER, 2000, SYDNEY

“…one of the finest pieces of contemporary dance, local or imported seen here for a long time.”
NEIL JILLETT, THE SUNDAY AGE, 29 OCTOBER, 2000, MELBOURNE

Images: Jeff Busby

Creative Team

  • Choreographer: Lucy Guerin
  • Dancers from Premiere Production: Brett Daffy , Ros Warby , Stephanie Lake , Trevor Patrick
  • Lighting designer: Margie Medlin
  • Designers: Dorotka Sapinska
  • Sound Designers: Franc Tetaz