Newsletter – Tanja Liedtke Foundation
Following a successful tour in Tasmania, Tasdance recently brought its program Luminous Flux - a double bill that included Tanja Liedtke’s Enter Twilight and Byron Perry’s Light Entertainment - to Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre in Sydney.
Many of Sydney’s dance community were there to see this wonderful company, renowned for commissioning new works from young choreographers, present a re-staging of Enter Twilight one of Tanja’s early works.
In her review, Sydney Morning Herald arts reviewer Jill Sykes wrote, “Tanja Liedtke made Enter Twilight for this little company in 2004, three years before she was appointed artistic director of the Sydney Dance Company, but died in an accident before she could take up the appointment. It is an amusing piece for four dancers — three female, one male — which illustrates Liedtke’s originality, humour and rare ability to communicate at many levels through good dance that combines movement with theatricality.
Three curious beings inhabit the piece to start with; their characters changing as their competitiveness for the lone male leads them to dance in a variety of styles like courting birds.
Enter Twilight is entertaining, mysterious and a reminder of the great talent we lost”.
Many thanks to Annie Grieg, Artistic Director of Tasdance for her tireless efforts to bring Enter Twilight back to the stage and Sol Ulbrich and Kialea-Nadine Williams for their care and diligence in rehearsing the dancers. And a huge thanks to the dancers – Sarah Fidderman, Jenni Large, Brianna Kell and Timothy Walsh - who performed the work with extraordinary commitment and artistry.
Inspiring dance workshop
On 27 May, a group of young performance artists who make up the Ensemble group of the Australian Theatre for Young People (atyp), worked with Kristina Chan and Joshua Tyler in a workshop based on creating movement from ideas and concepts that were part of the works Kristina and Josh collaborated on with Tanja.
The young artists (who are used to working with text as well as devised work) responded so well to the tasks Kristina and Josh set them, and came up with some brilliant movement invention.
TLF is looking forward to working with more young atyp artists this year. These workshops are supported by the Tanja Liedtke Endowment – Perpetual Foundation.
Life in Movement
On Sunday 26 May Life in Movement was screened as part of the Dublin Dance Festival. Theo Clinkard – one of Tanja’s closest friends – introduced the film to the audience and conducted a post film discussion.
The Tanja Liedtke Foundation was very proud to be able to support this screening as well as the presentation of two works by up-coming Australian choreographers - Larissa McGowan’s Skeleton and Stephanie Lake’s Duel.
Imploded: Une reverie romantique
After their successful tour to Germany in 2012, David Hughes Dance was invited to present Tanja’s Imploded in Germany once again. This time performances took place in April in the cities of Schweinfürt, Meppen and Erfurt. The work was once again very well received as this company continues to include Imploded as a very valuable part of their repertoire.
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