Zizanie is a great French word that can mean anything from “shambles” or “discord” to wilfully “stirring the pot”. It can also mean “weeds”. This exciting new work for all ages created by Australian dance icon, Meryl Tankard for Adelaide’s own Restless Dance Theatre, celebrates the beauty in difference and reminds us of Grayson Perry’s inimitable words that “weeds are just flowers in the wrong garden.”
The grump next door wants everything to be as neat as a pin; for him, there’s no wall high enough to keep out life in all its wild, unruly splendour. Can he learn to embrace the zizanie and discover fun?
Designed by Girl Asleep’s brilliant Jonathon Oxlade, and featuring exquisite video projections by Regis Lansac, this joyful, whimsical piece is a worthy successor to 2017’s wonderful Intimate Space and it’s an added joy to see this unique company responding to the magic of one of Australia’s most influential choreographers.
For the audio version of this event page, click here.
You can also see Meryl Tankard speak in the Festival Forums on Thursday 7 March at 12:30pm.
(Meryl Tankard) is the most humanistic of our choreographers and one of the most inventive.
Event additional information
Conceived and Directed by Meryl Tankard
Associate Artist and Video Design Regis Lansac Set and Costume Design Jonathon Oxlade Lighting Design/ AV Chris Petridis Sound design Luke Smiles
Dancers Chris Dyke, Jianna Georgiou, Michael Noble, Kathryn Evans, Dana Nance and Michael Hodyl Restless Dance Theatre Artistic Director Michelle Ryan
Production Manager Lachlan Turner Stage Manager Stephanie Fisher Artistic Manager Roz Hervey Rehearsal Assistants Larissa McGowan and Carol Wellman-Kelly
Zizanie is presented by Adelaide Festival in association with Adelaide Festival Centre. Restless Dance Theatre acknowledges the support of the Australia Council for the Arts, the federal government’s arts funding and advisory body and the SA Government through Arts South Australia and Carclew. This project has been generously supported by James Darling AM and Lesley Forwood, the Adelaide Theatre & More Social Club and Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus1. Adelaide Festival season is supported by the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation.