The Stance is a monumental dance work that examines the choreography of bodies in protest and questions what it means to put your body on the line for something you believe in. The Stance is an act of endurance that channels recent acts of local and global action, activism and intervention. Weaving in and out of pedestrian traffic an ensemble of nine local dancers perform to a remarkable live soundtrack of music transmitted to audiences through wireless headsets, creating an intimate viewing experience for the audience. Choreographed by acclaimed Australian choreographer Liesel Zink in collaboration with local dancers The Stance invites audiences to consider the physical and emotional commitment involved in protest and question what it means to put your body on the line for something you believe in.
Liesel Zink is an Australian choreographer interested in social psychology and politics. She creates dance and sound works in densely populated spaces, weaving in and out of pedestrian traffic and blurring the line between social experimentation and performance. Her most notable public spaces works include ‘The Stance’ (Liveworks Festival NSW, Slipstream Festival QLD, APAM QLD, Junction Arts Festival TAS, Salamanca Moves TAS) and award-winning work ‘fifteen’ (Next Wave VIC & Brisbane Festival QLD 2012). Liesel has been commissioned to choreograph works for dance works for renowned Australian contemporary dance companies including Tasdance, Expressions Dance Company, LINK Dance Company and Artslink QLD youth touring program. Liesel performs with Polytoxic Dance Company and enjoys producing events in her local arts community. She has been an associate artist of La Boite Theatre Company, EDC and Advising Panel for Backbone Youth Arts and The Angry Mime.