Snow White outstretched in her glass coffin. A company of black-veiled figures gathered round. Before long she is dragged into life and her gory fate at the hands of her cruel stepmother is played out before the audience.
‘Do you speak Chinese?’ is a question many Australians are asked every day. Choreographer and dancer Victoria Chiu is a Melbourne girl. She doesn’t speak a Chinese language and the closest thing she has to a Chinese cultural ritual is the odd weekend yum cha session. Nonetheless, people often see her as Chinese.
Indigenous choreographer Vicki Van Hout’s powerful new dance theatre work Long Grass combines weaving, shadowplay, text and sparse video with an idiosyncratic dance language indicative of the Top End; to find warmth, humour and play in a community at the edge.