Choreographer inspired by Pied Butcherbird

Subject: Choreographer inspired by Pied Butcherbird
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2007 13:31:05 +1100

"Bird Song moves very much more jaggedly. This time, Davies drew her
 inspiration from the lilting call of the Australian pied butcher bird,
 and the entire piece seems to corkscrew up to a figurative solo in which
 a single dancer elegantly becomes a lone winged creature, to a chorus
 of actual bird song (Cunningham's Beach Birds comes inevitably to mind).
 Both before and after this, however, things are less
 straightforward. Stunningly lit by Adrian Plaut, the piece begins with
 the eight dancers flocking together on one side of the stage, beating
 and shaking their limbs, then dashing in mild panic to an opposite corner.
 And, just as Andy Pink's effective synthesized score seems to have taken
 the bird's call as its starting point, so Davies's vibrant choreography
 seems to evolve as a dark fantasy on a loosely ornithological theme."


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