The Other Side of Me
Saturday, April 27 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Presented by GARY LANG NT DANCE COMPANY, BlakDance and Arts Margaret River.
The production opens with two prisoners, shuffling through the audience towards their cell, discussing a story they recently heard – that of a young Indigenous man.
He was adopted from the Northern Territory, and taken all the way to England, and his young life ended while in custody over there. He never got to return to his home, except in his dreams.
As they step onto stage, this stark world dissolves; three spotlights illuminate the prison benches, and a little toy truck downstage.
As the dance unfolds the audience are transported into the mind of this man. The two dancers represent different sides of the same person. The British side, and the Indigenous Australian side. The side he knew and the side he didn’t. He is trapped, not just in prison, but also in his head.
The choreography moves through anger, compassion, exploration and understanding. The First Nations side gains more strength as the man remembers his early life.
The production ends in the death of the dancers, choreographed against a wall, slow and incredible. As they sink to the ground, images of Stolen Generations headlines from the not-so-distant past steal across the stage. The sound of Country and a heartbeat fills the stage as a final image of the Northern Territory sunset is projected onto the stage and dancers. The spirit of the young man has returned home.
“Memories exist on the other side of me. I have two sides. The side I know. And the side I don’t.”
Choreographer/Artistic Director: Gary Lang
Co-creator/Writer/Dramaturg: Dr Laura Fish
Co-creator/Dramaturg: Liz Pavey
Rehearsal Director: Noelle Shader
Performers: Alex Abbot, Chandler Connell
Music/Sound Designers: Sam Pankhurst, Arian Pearson, Banula Marika
Lighting Designer: Joe Mercurio
Projection Designer: Sam James
Costume Designer: Jennifer Irwin
Cultural Consultant: Josephine Crawshaw
Cultural Dramaturg: Jessie Norris