Allegories was specially commissioned by the Brisbane Festival and performed as part of DANCE ENERGY, a collaboration between Dancenorth, Queensland Ballet and Expression Dance.


Most of my choreographic work is an attempt to present an abstracted reflection of contemporary life. Allegories examines the theme of social displacement, whether that be asylum seekers and ‘boat people’, war refugees and the ensuing dislocation of communities. Expressing ideas of seeking, fleeing andsearching, and the underlying military presence in the life of communities that are displaced, we have used The Disasters of War (Los Desastres de la Guerra) series of 82 prints created between 1810 and 1820 by Spanish painter and printmaker Francisco de Goya (1746–1828) as visual stimulus for the creation of movement material.  In Allegories I have at times contrasted the steady sound of Sculthorpe’s Requiem For Cello Alone to reflect the unsteadiness of leaving your life behind and embarking into the unknown, as history continues to repeat itself; littered with communities disconnected from their homeland.