The Stance is a site-specific durational dance and sound work performed in large and expansive public spaces. The work explores alternate modes of protest, through a considered research into the history of political action in public space – prompting audiences and passers-by to consider the politics of mass movement, and the ownership and control of what is considered to be public property. The Stance seeks to understand what it means to physically and mentally put yourself on the line for something you believe in.
Formerly known as The Psychology Project, this is a research project supported by Metro Arts’ Work In Residence Program. Liesel has been collaborating with psychology researcher Rohan Kapitany and his psychology podcast team Psychobabble examining patterns of human interaction with a particular focus on theories of emergence, as well as collective action, activism and social change.
More recently, however, the research project has led to a more aesthetic exploration of the tension between two of Liesel’s current interests; collective action versus a sense of universal powerlessness. A work interested in the act of social change in our current political climate. Developments in 2014 and late 2013 saw Liesel work with nine dancers and sound artist Mike Willmett in various locations exploring the power of mass vulnerability.
CHOREOGRAPHER / LIESEL ZINK
SOUND ARTIST / MIKE WILMETT
PRODUCER / LEAH SHELTON
DRAMATURG / MARTYN COUTTS
REHEARSAL DIRECTOR / LAUREN CARR
PERFORMERS / CHARLES BALL, LAUREN CARR, TING CHEN, GABRIEL COMERFORD, ROBERT FLEHR, CAITLIN MACKENZIE, AMY PAN, JOSHUA THOMSON, SAMMIE WILLIAMS
CREATIVE PRODUCER / BRITT GUY
Past developments have included the contributions of Psychology Researcher Rohan Kapitany and performers Lisa Barry, Natalie Kolobaric, Asher Bowen-Saunders, Makira Horner, Lauren Graham, Jenni Large, Michael Smith, Nerida Matthei, and Chloe Lanham.
2015 / Metro Arts, Performance – 13 August 2015. Presented as part of Slipstream / Festival of Time Based Art
2013-2015 / Metro Arts – Work in Residence
2013 / DanScience Festival, CSIRO – Creative Development
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The Stance has also been supported by Creative Sparks which is a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. This project has also been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.