bir’yun, brilliant, briwyant

vicki van hout, briwyant, malthouse & brisbane powerhouse

Vicki van Hout working on the installation/set of Briwyant

Vicki van Hout working on the installation/set of Briwyant

Vicki van Hout working on the installation/set of Briwyant

IN JUNE 2011, AFTER SEEING BRIWYANT I WROTE, “VICKI VAN HOUT’S CHOREOGRAPHY IS SOME OF THE MOST IDIOSYNCRATIC AND INVENTIVE SEEN IN AUSTRALIAN DANCE FOR A LONG TIME AND HER TEAM OF DEXTROUS DANCERS EXECUTE IT WITH HIGH PRECISION, UNBELIEVABLE ENERGY, HUMOUR AND ATTITUDE.”

Briwyant is touring to Melbourne and Brisbane, offering audiences the opportunity to experience something quite unique in contemporary dance. The choreographer, who also appears in the work, writes, “Briwyant is inspired by bir’yun: brilliance, shimmer and shine. In Yolngu traditional painting, bir’yun is the effect of intricate crosshatched patterns creating a sensation of shimmering movement over the painting’s surface, a manifestation of ancestral forces.” With her dancers, her own design and her media arts collaborators Van Hout creates resonating physical, aural and visual shimmerings in Briwyant. KG

Briwyant, Malthouse, Melbourne, July 4-14; Brisbane Powerhouse, Aug 1-4

RealTime issue #109 June-July 2012 pg. 4

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12 June 2012