What's left when the shaking stops? One of the features of the
upcoming Christchurch Arts Festival might just show you.
Fault Lines is a unique dance work, being sponsored by
Christchurch Airport. It's the New Zealand premiere of a
collaboration between a Christchurch creative team and performers
from the Leshan Dance Company in China, drawing on their shared
experiences of devastating earthquakes.
Festival director Philip Tremewan says Fault Lines is an
important event in the Festival.
"This show celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in
times of extreme adversity," he says.
Fault Lines director and choreographer Sara Brodie travelled to
China to create the show and says working with Leshan Dance Company
meant not just crossing language barriers.
"Together we learnt a new "dance language," she says. "Their
experience of their earthquake was so huge and they found creating
the work to be very liberating. Instead of pulling down Leshan's
buildings, the buildings were left and the whole city relocated.
The centre of the preserved city is just a great crumpled heap and
one mass grave. I found it a very humbling site to visit."
Sara says Fault Lines is not just doom, gloom and horror. "There
is comedy in there, but the main themes are about the individual
response to the earthquake and personal relationships."
Fault Lines will be at the Aurora
Centre for three shows only, from 19-21 September.
www.artsfestival.co.nz to book tickets.