About the Show

Tanja Liedtke's Twelfth Floor

“Twelfth Floor is a landscape in which we become confined observers. Sometimes searching for exits, sometimes happy to remain.” (Tanja Liedtke)

Characters emerge and unravel in this darkly funny physical exploration of human interactions in confinement, set in a mysterious institution.  

As the house lights go down, we see a stark institutional space, with green walls and broken furniture.  Two bored men play one contest after another, searching out the limits of the space confining them... and of their own bodies, in a powerful display of muscularity and masculinity. A third quietly creeps from shadow to shadow, chalking messages of escape, hope and desperation.

A door opens.  Enter a new arrival, a timid young woman escorted by a uniformed figure, her movements as absurdly controlled as the regime she enforces.  For the next hour, five extraordinary dancers unleash virtuosic performances, as powerful as they are precise, playing out shifting relationships of desire and power, of hope and despair.

A rich tapestry of dance, theatre, movement, video and DJ Tr!p’s moody soundtrack make a sophisticated and original work, shifting effortlessly from tender, lyrical moments to brooding menace to explosive physicality.

 “A lot of Australian dance is very nice, but that’s not enough, I want to get to the underbelly, to see people as complex — affection and hostility are such great physical premises for dance.” (Tanja Liedtke)

The ensemble features some of the hottest young artists around, with an impressive and diverse body of work with all the major companies including Australian Dance Theatre and DV8 Physical Theatre, as well as in classical dance, theatre, and circus.

It’s a fresh and powerful work from one of the most exciting voices in Australian contemporary dance. Liedtke created works in Germany (Angels Fallen for Akademie des Tanzes in Mannheim) and Brazil (To My Suite and Forever You for De Anima Ballet Contemporaneo), as well as two short works for Tasdance (Enter Twilight and Always Building).  In 2003 she joined DV8 Physical Theatre to perform in the Channel 4 film and tour of The Cost of Living and in 2006 she toured with Just for Show.  Liedtke’s dynamic, highly physical choreography bears the signs of her training and work with Garry Stewart’s Australian Dance Theatre from 1999-2003, where she created roles and performed in works including Birdbrain and The Age of Unbeauty.   She also choreographed numerous works for the annual Ignition seasons, with her works in 1999 and 2000, To My Suite and Forever You selected in the Dance Australia Critic’s Choice for most promising choreography. Her final work, construct, performed at South Bank Centre London in May 2007, received two Helpmann awards in 2008: Best Choreography and Best Male Dancer (Paul White).

Liedtke was due to take up the post of Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company before her accidental death in August 2007, aged 29. The cast of independent dancers and collaborators are committed to sharing her original and innovative vision with audiences across the UK.

Twelfth Floor was originally devised through a choreographic Fellowship at The Australian Choreographic Centre, Canberra. Its final development and tour were produced by Performing Lines for Mobile States: Touring Contemporary Performance, Australia in association with the Adelaide Festival Centre’s iNSPACE Programme.

The UK tour is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the South Australia Government through Arts SA.

Funding bodies

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Tanja Liedtke's Twelfth Floor