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Part system and part science-fiction, Thorn creates an evolving landscape for a brave new world.

Our land lies low. The air is thick with remnant ghosts of a world that came before. Organic mass crawls forth, unfolding as would fog across a lake.

It breathes.

Fragile birds rain from the sky, decaying before they land. The glittering haze of disintegrating death suspended, in zero gravity.

Cells become vines, vines become veins and veins become rope; that guides, that binds, that offers and submits.

‘Breathe with me,’ it asks, ‘feel my skin against your face. Watch me as I trace your absent form.’

‘Hold me,’ it asks, ‘guide me into life’.

‘See me as the beauty in the thorns’.

Cognizance arrives, persistent and sharp. Bodies emerge from the mass. Voyagers and heralds grasp hands as they stride across the dark. Tracing landscapes, leaving footfalls and breathing from the past.

Part system and part science-fiction, Thorn creates an evolving landscape for a brave new world. Drawing a wavering line between reality and fantasy, the work is a small study of humans, nature and human nature.

Thorn Touring

Thorn is available for mainstage touring throughout Australia, and can be paired with one or more of Tasdance's other mainstage touring works:

Plain English by Liesel Zink
The Howl by Stephanie Lake
Fragile Matter by Paul Blackman and Christine Gouzelis

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Gabrielle Nankivell

Profile - evolve : revolve - Gabrielle Nankivell

Gabrielle Nankivell is an Australian director and performer with formative ties to Europe. Informed by a somewhat nomadic existence, her work is concerned with notions of both impermanence and indelible impressions. Derived primarily from improvisation and writing, her hybrid choreographic practice invokes imagination, intellectual engagement and the senses.

Working independently and commissioned by leading dance companies and training institutions, Gabrielle also maintains a collaborative practice with composer/performer Luke Smiles and is a collaborator at The Farm, a creative collective run by artists and driven by art. Gabrielle’s work has been widely presented across Australia, Europe and Asia.

2016 commissions include Thorn for Tasdance, Focus for Frontier Danceland Singapore, Wildebeest for Sydney Dance Company’s Untamed season (originally created for New Breed 2014) and Scatter Study: rethrown for the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.

2015 commissions include, Order of Things for Frontier Danceland Singapore, SUITE SECRET for STRUT & Fringeworld’s Mi Casa Es Su Casa, To hunt for LINK Dance Company and works for graduating students of the Adelaide College of the Arts.

Gabrielle also provides choreography and movement consultancy across various stage and film productions. Recent engagements include State Theatre Company of South Australia’s The Popular Mechanicals and Windmill Theatre’s multi award-winning School Dance and Girl Asleep and feature film Girl Asleep.

Gabrielle honed her dance career in Europe performing for Belgian artists Alexander Baervoets and Ultima Vez/Wim Vandekeybus and collaborating with Jurij Konjar (Slovenia), Raul Maia (Portugal) and Thomas Steyaert (Belgium). She has also lived and worked in Germany and Denmark. Since re-connecting with Australia through her own projects Gabrielle has created and performed with Australian Dance Theatre/Garry Stewart, Animal Farm Collective/The Farm, Branch Nebula, Chunky Move/Gideon Obarzanek, Gavin Webber, Grayson Millwood, KAGE and Torque Show amongst many others.

Gabrielle is the recipient of the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, two Impulstanz Vienna DanceWEB Scholarships, the inaugural Keith Bain Choreographic Travel Fellowship (2014) and the 2015 Tanja Liedtke Fellowship.

Gabrielle trained with Jacqueline Tucker in Adelaide and holds a Bachelor of Dance (Victorian College of the Arts), a Master of Arts in Writing (Swinburne University) and a foundation level teaching certificate in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.


Previous Productions

Earl Arts Centre
26, 27 & 28 May 2016

Theatre Royal
2 & 3 June 2016