Have you ever taken a long stare at your mother’s favourite piece of pottery and marvelled at the similarities between its smooth clay shape and your own form and movement, your heritage and earliest beginnings? No, me neither.
However, perhaps it’s about time we did.
Presented as part of this year’s Tempo Dance Festival, KIRI is a performance that seeks to redefine our mutual knowledge of skin, movement and relational concepts of geology, the cultural and contemporary, the sacred and the mundane. If that all kind of went straight over your head (no judgement here), just take a breath and I’ll try to explain in layman terms. You’ll buy a ticket, find your seat, the lights will go down (I assume). A contemporary dancer will emerge on to the stage and try their best to convey to you the exploration of clay as a fluid, living medium. If you’re ready for the bigger picture, the underlying narrative explores an indigenous perspective of the body, its processes and the possibility that we are all active participants in our own creation.
Still with me? I’m impressed. That probably means you’re an incredible, culturally enlightened person, and you should probably buy some tickets to this thing, and then mind-boggle your less-than-enlightened friends with your incredible breadth of knowledge of the origins, formation and contested permanency of, well, your mother’s favourite piece of pottery.