The Recording



... carefully crafted, aesthetically rigorous work" The Age

 'The Recording' is a work about making a film.  Created with long time collaborators Steven Heather, Rhian Hinkley and Jenny Hector, 'The Recording' treats the stage as a film set, with cast and crew placed on stage together. The work follows three performers as they prepare for, rehearse and perform a series of scenes that are recorded, re-recorded and transformed through 'full-blown' cinematic soundscapes and emotional, dramatic lighting.  

'The Recording' subverts what we perceive is happening on stage; to open up interpretation; to build a sense of uncertainty and vulnerability; and to create space to notice what goes on between scenes that is usually hidden from the audience.  The work exposes our assumptions and prejudices – the risk of blind acceptance, our desire for perfection but our human failings, and our own vulnerability in the face of media manipulation.  'The Recording' questions our propensity for believing anything 'recorded' about our selves or others is a true representation, when often, what goes on behind the scenes tells a different story.  

SANDRA PARKER is a Melbourne based Director/Choreographer and Teacher who has made commissioned work for Tasdance, Dance North, Buzz Dance Theatre, Sue Healey's Vis-à-vis Dance Canberra, the VCA and WAPPA (Perth); and several solo and group works. From 1998 - 2006 she was the Artistic Director of Melbourne's Dance Works, creating innovative collaborations with many artists and arts organisations, including Melbourne International Festival of the Arts 2000, 2002, 2003.  International projects include an Asialink residency to Tokyo, Japan and the creation of Span with Shelley Lasica and American Choreographers Bebe Miller and Susan Braham, for Danspace, St Mark's Church, New York.  Sandra's work has toured to nationally and internationally to the USA, Germany (Berlin's Sophiensaele) Paris and Portugal. Returning to independent practice in 2007, Sandra Parker presented The View From Here at the Joyce Soho in New York City, began developing Out of Light, and created Playhouse for the Guandong Modern Dance Company, China.  Out of Light was presented in 2009 to critical acclaim and nominated for five Green Room Awards, including the Betty Pounder Award for Choreography.  In late 2009 she created an installation with Chinese artist Liu Bin during a Red Gate Gallery residency supported by the Australia China Council. Sandra holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Choreography and Bachelor of Education.

Director & Choreographer Sandra Parker
Projection Designer Rhian Hinkley
Composer Steven Heather
Lighting Designer Jenny Hector

Wed 13 March, 7.00pm
Thu 14 March, 7.00pm
Fri 15 March, 7.00pm
Sat 16 March, 7.00pm

Dancehouse, Upstairs Studio
(please note that this space does not have wheelchair access)

Full $25.00
Concessions $20.00
Dancehouse Members $ City of Yarra residents $15.00
Deakin/VCA Students $10.00

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The Recording is supported by Arts Victoria, City of Port Phillip and the Besen Family Foundation.


This project has been supported by the City of Port Phillip through the Cultural Development Fund. 


Dance Massive 2013 is presented at Dancehouse with the support of

and of Arts Victoria and City of Yarra.

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