IF______ WAS ______

When presented with both familiar and abstract ideas, the human mind is biologically predisposed to generate meaning and association. Scientists use terms such as 'mental simulation' to refer to the process by which each of us draws upon past experiences to create sensory representations of objects, concepts and ideas. Even when you have no prior experience or understanding of a particular notion, your imagination draws from your own immense personal library of thoughts, feelings and actions to generate a unique interpretation / simulation of the concept.

Presented as a double bill, IF ______ WAS ______. offers unique insight into the fanciful and illusory worlds of two extraordinary choreographers, Stephanie Lake and Ross McCormack. Each artist’s history, personal experiences and perspectives provide the framework from which they are invited to fall down the rabbit hole of imagination and “fill in the blanks”.



Enter a space of tangled imagination, where light and sound collide in a familiar yet distant world. Creatures from afar morph within the shadows to navigate an ever-changing landscape of bewilderment and wonder. Synaesthesia envelopes the mind as rhythm becomes vision, voice shapes movement and light warps sound. Welcome to the world of Rainbow Vomit, a place where anything is possible, everything can happen, and much more than colour erupts from the darkness...

Rainbow Vomit is an immersive work designed to target young audiences, whilst maintaining appeal for kids of all ages. Audience members are invited to watch the performance through their own pair of ‘fireworks glasses’. These magical glasses are made using holographic diffraction film, which refracts light into all colours of the spectrum, generating a myriad of rainbows.



A partnership has been effected with Australian Festival of Chamber Music to produce a new work – The Three Dancers - in 2016.   Inspired by Picasso’s painting of the same name, a new score has been commissioned for Russian-born Australian composer, Elena Kats-Chernin, renowned for her score Wild Swans which she wrote for Meryl Tankard.  The work was produced and recorded as a music concert at the 2015 AFCM and will be performed as a dance work in 2016.  Dancenorth is a co-commissioner of this new work along with UK based Rambert Dance Company.  Awarding winning Melbourne born choreographer Lee Serle has been invited to choreograph the work in a brief hiatus from his choreographic engagements in New York.

Love, desire and betrayal are the ingredients of the shocking true story which inspired Picasso’s masterpiece, Lee Searle’s rendition reveals the intricacy within one of the 20th century’s greatest artworks.