furioso, 1993

Furioso, Meryl Tankard

Furioso, Meryl Tankard

Furioso, Meryl Tankard

Meryl Tankard’s Furioso premiered July 8, 1993 at the Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre for Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre.

Furioso was choreographed shortly after Tankard became director of Australian Dance Theatre at the beginning of 1993. With its aerial choreography in which the dancers were attached to ropes and harnesses and were airborne for large sections of the piece, Furioso reflected Tankard’s interest in the new space available to her in Adelaide after the small, confined area in which she had worked as director of the Meryl Tankard Company in Canberra. Furioso was toured nationally and internationally between 1993 and 1999. [Text from Australia Dancing.]

credits: choreography and direction Meryl Tankard, set design Regis Lansac, costume design Meryl Tankard, lighting design Toby Harding, assistant to the artistic director Janet Bradley-Bridgman, music Arvo Part, Elliot Sharp, Henryk Gorecki, photography Regis Lansac, Original cast: Prue Lang, Mia Mason, Rachel Roberts, Tuula Roppola, Michelle Ryan, Vincent Crowley, Grayson Millwood, Shaun Parker, Gavin Webber and Steev Zane. Subsequent performers: Victor Bramich, Peta Bull, Sarah Jayne Howard, Mia Mason, Kate McIntosh, Shaun Parker, Michelle Ryan, Peter Sears, Luke Smiles, Gavin Webber, Steev Zane

performances: content forthcoming

articles/reviews – realtime

free from steps
anne thompson, realtime 21, october-november, 1997

various gravities
keith gallasch, realtime 24, april-may, 1998

Furioso, Meryl Tankard

Furioso, Meryl Tankard

Furioso, Meryl Tankard


thrilling and erotic
robin grove, the age, july 18, 1995

mystery, aggression and mating rituals
anna kisselgoff, october 25, 1996

furioso dancetheater of sexual combat goes from quiet to violent
mike steele, star-tribune (twin cities, minneapolis), november 3, 1996

passion infuses dancers from oz
william littler, toronto star, november 7, 1996

dance reviews: the holy body tattoo
the globe and mail, november 8, 1996

up in the air
deborah jowitt, village voice, november 12, 1996

dance reviews
marilyn hunt, dance magazine 71.2, february 1, 1997

flawless furioso
valerie lawson, sydney morning herald, april 1, 1997

a swinging good time
ken healey, sun herald, april 6, 1997

tankard puts mystery in dance
barbara zuck, the columbia dispatch, february 24, 1999

from australia, sound & the furioso
sarah kaufman, washington post, march 6, 1999

dance troupe takes flight
jane vranish, pittsburgh post gazette, march 8, 1999

meryl tankard’s spirited furioso soars
iris fanger, boston herald, march 13, 1999

Furioso, Meryl Tankard

Furioso, Meryl Tankard

Furioso, Meryl Tankard

high energy rope tricks in love’s name
john percival, the independent, may 5, 1999

basic instinct on the loose
debra craine, the times, may 6, 1999

dancers offer a galumphing bore
clement crisp, financial times, may 6, 1999

dance: furioso
judith mackrell, the guardian, may 6, 1999

give her enough rope…and she’ll tie herself down
jann parry, the observer, may 9, 1999

all hanging in the balance
david dougill, sunday times, may 9, 1999

subtle satire
giannandrea poesio, the spectator, may 15, 1999

circus gimmicks
giannandrea poesio, the spectator, may 22, 1999

the impossibilities of the dance body: the work of meryl tankard
adrian kiernander, body show/s: australian viewings of live performance, ed. peta tait, amsterdam: rodopi press, 2000, pp. 205-216


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