In 2017, to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the passing Tanja Liedtke, Australian Dance Theatre presented the return season of her celebrated work, construct.
An extraordinarily complex and detailed piece, construct takes a look at the sharp, rigorous and sometimes curious concept of ‘building’. It inhabits an empty theatre full of possibility – a space in which to construct an existence – a future, a life, a relationship and a dream.
From the first dwellings ever built to contemporary towers, to the shelter assembled from the need to simply survive, the physical act of building a structure, a connection or a dream is rich in metaphor and emotional bonds. Building – collapsing – re-buliding – assembling – disintergrating – always building – slow decay. construct uses inventive movement and simple design to evoke the familiar, the domestic and the unexpected.
construct was conceived and directed by Tanja, and choreographed in collaboration with former ADT dancers Kristina Chan and Paul White. Kristina Chan, Paul White and Craig Bary (who was previously a Rehearsal Director on construct) returned as re-mount directors for this latest iteration of the celebrated work.
ADT’s seasons of construct were made possible by the generous support of the Tanja Liedtke Foundation.