There is depth in dance. Born of the understanding that artistry and performance must mature to match realities. An acknowledgement of the need for profundity in even the simplest of storylines.
“Dance theatre basically emerged after the horror of World War I. People had never known trench warfare or seen mutilated bodies like that. Going back into society, after what they’d witnessed, the traditional methods of storytelling didn’t stack up anymore.
Telling a ballet story about a prince and a princess who fell in love and got married, it was just too thin. So people essentially starting creating multi-disciplinary work, like combining dance with theatre, then later with film, because they needed new ways to tell their stories. This was the emergence of dance theatre.
And this is why I do so much research for my own works, to understand the layers of the things that I want to investigate and in which ways they resonate. On the surface things might look one way but underneath it’s made richer by all of the other meanings that feed into it.”
Conversation with award-winning choreographer and contemporary dancer Lucy Marinkovich.