Funded by: TANZFONDS ERBE, an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
Choreographer Jochen Roller will be joined by Lizzie Thomson, Latai Taumoepeau, Nadia Cusimano and Matthew Day to launch the website that documents the reconstruction of the dance drama, Errand into the Maze, choreographed by Gertrud Bodenwieser in 1954. Along with Jochen, these four Australian contemporary dance artists have attempted to draw together pieces of the original choreography, not only reconstructing the dance steps but also the cultural, social and political context within which the piece was originally created. With the generous help of former Bodenwieser dancers, an extensive collection of interviews, photos, letters and film footage has also been created and will now be made available online. The user of the website can interact with the documents concerning the reconstruction and thereby create his/her own version/vision of a very special Australian dance piece.
Jochen Roller is a choreographer in Berlin and Sydney. He also teaches at several universities and works as a dramaturg. His last group piece “Trachtenbummler”, a revision of German folk dances, premiered at Tanz im August Festival in Berlin in 2013. His performance “The Dance Tourist” was shown in 2012 at Campbelltown Art Centre.
Photo: Andrea Keiz