Highly-acclaimed Belgium-based American choreographer Eleanor Bauer brings her now famous solo to Dancehouse for two shows only!

(BIG GIRLS DO BIG THINGS) is an empty promise, a pre-emptive lament, a flirtation with expectations, a wrestling match with potential. A solo about scale, volume, extreme limits and the grey areas between them; on grandeur and vulnerability, hubris and humility, visibility and subtlety; on the fragile braggadocio of living large when less is more but more is also unmistakably more.

With the inherent melancholy of things on the verge of extinction – an endangered species, a disappearing dance – Eleanor Bauer invites the audience on a safari expedition into the depths of the surface-oriented world of the performer. Navigating the folds, surfaces, and transformative possibilities of a too-large polar bear suit, Bauer performs a series of total metamorphoses that reveal, obscure, and distort her diverse capacities as an entertainer. In (BIG GIRLS DO BIG THINGS) self-expression drops the self and expression takes over.

In (BIG GIRLS DO BIG THINGS), one sees the strain of creation firsthand captured in small moments, existing simultaneously beneath and beside the "look at me" braggadocio the artist must assume.  We watch as a lumbering polar bear becomes graceful and gentle and, in so doing, reflects the struggle of every creature that seeks to fill an empty space with something it has created.

R.Eric Thomas, Thinking Dance 2012

Ms. Bauer channels everything from Karen Finley to "Swan Lake," morphing with live-wire intensity from giant teddy bear to rebellious little girl to chameleon chanteuse. Ada Rajszys' terrific costumes were a help, but Ms. Bauer is a shape-shifter in any case, lunging for her desperate pleasures as if her life depended on securing them, and earning our hearts in the process.

Claudia La Rocco, New York Times 2011

This beauty is not afraid to sweat or be ludicrous, but her humour drips with irony, intelligence and, perhaps, some tamped down rage.

Merilyn Jackson, The Inquirer 2012

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ELEANOR BAUER is an American choreographer and dancer based in Brussels, Belgium. She studied at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and P.A.R.T.S. Her pieces ELEANOR!, At Large and (BIG GIRLS DO BIG THINGS) have toured internationally to critical acclaim. Her last piece, a sextet entitled A Dance for the Newest Age (the triangle piece) that premiered in February 2011, is the beginning of a past-present-future trilogy including a nine-person piece entitled A Newest Testament (the tent piece), which premiered in Kunstenfestivaldesarts in May 2012, and a duet for premiere in 2013 entitled Prophecy (mirror piece). 

As a performer, Bauer has worked for David Zambrano (Soul Project), Mette Ingvartsen (why we love action), Trisha Brown (Accumulation and Floor of the Forest), Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (The Song), Xavier Le Roy (low pieces), and Boris Charmatz (levée des conflits, 2010 and enfant).

Bauer has also created or participated in specific projects such as heart the band/hear the bend, a long-distance performance collective; Dig My Aura, a solo for YouTube; 6M1L (6 Months 1 Location), a research residency at CCNM in Montpellier initiated by Xavier Le Roy and Bojana Cvejic; and The Heather Lang Show by Eleanor Bauer and Vice Versus. Bauer's writing on dance has been published in New York's Movement Research Performance Journal, NDT by Contredanse (Brussels), as well as in various publications by Sarma, everybodys, P.A.R.T.S. and Nadine. Learn more here.


Dates: 29 & 30 November
Time: 8pm
Where: Dancehouse
Cost: $25 F / $20 C / $15 Members / $10 Deakin & VCA
Bookings: click here

Eleanor Bauer will teach the HOTBED workshop at Lucy Guerin Inc. in Melbourne from 24-28 November and a workshop at Stompin' in Tasmania from 2-13 December.

Image courtesy of Nada Zgank