Even before James Batchelor takes the stage, we see who brought him here: a video shows his childhood dance teacher, Ruth Osborne, demonstrating the methods of someone she herself was hugely influenced by, the Austrian Gertrud Bodenwieser, who after fleeing the Nazis paved the way for expressive dance (“Ausdruckstanz”) in Australia. A historical investigation, an examination of the present and above all a magnificently performed personal tribute: by literally embodying his mentors’ legacy, Batchelor retains it and carries it forward.
Choreography, Performance: James Batchelor
Dramaturgy, production: Bek Berger
Composition: Morgan Hickinbotham
Performance: Chloe Chignell
Light design: Vinny Jones
Costume design: Juliane König
Video montage: Margie Medlin
Videography: James Batchelor
Choreographic consultation: Ruth Osborne, Eileen Kramer, Carol Brown
Research consultation: Michelle Potter
A production by James Batchelor & Collaborators in coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE.
Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund and the Australia Council for the Arts, Tanja Liedtke Foundation, Michael Adena and Joanne Daly.
With support of Tanzhaus nrw, QL2 Dance, Belconnen Arts Centre, Cocoon Dance, Trauma Bar und Kino, and Theaterhaus Mitte.