Premiere 19 October 2006
Melbourne International Arts Festival
The collapse of the West Gate Bridge in 1970 is an event that remains imbedded in the public psyche of Melbourne. Thirty-five men lost their lives when a span came down during its construction. Structure and Sadness examines the bridge as a supporting and connecting structure. Its concrete and definable form contrasts with the unknowable grief and chaos brought about by its failure. On stage, the performers construct a precarious world teetering on the point of collapse. The work shifts between practical building of supportive structures and the impressionistic portrayal of disintegration and sorrow.
Structure and Sadness is a complex dance work, which examines the impressionable human body contending with the unyielding inanimate world that surrounds it. It explores an event in recent history not as a factual narrative, but as a physical, emotional and visual response to a devastating accident.
Director: Lucy Guerin
Choreographer: Lucy Guerin with the dancers
Dancers from Premiere Production:
Fiona Cameron, Antony Hamilton,
Lina Limosani, Alisdair Macindoe,
Kirstie McCracken and Byron Perry
Composer: Gerald Mair
Motion Graphics: Michaela French
Set and Lighting
Designers: Bluebottle: Ben Cobham and Andrew Livingston
Costume Designer: Paula Levis
Dramaturge: Maryanne Lynch
Production Manager: Carly Heard
Producer: Michaela Coventry
Responses"Guerin has a unique capacity to illuminate deep human emotions through abstract choreography"
Hilary Crampton, The Age, Melbourne, October 21 2006