Steamworks at SHORTCUTS 2022

Jacqui Claus

We are delighted that short dance film The Silence Knew is being showcased as part of STRUT, National Choreographic Centre's, Shortcuts program 2022. Presented over two nights in a joint program with some of WA's exciting emerging dance works from 19 - 21 May at Kings Street Arts Centre in Perth WA.

Choreographed by Director Sally Richardson with dancer Jacqui Claus and performed by Jacqui Claus, the work was filmed and edited by Fionn Mulholland with music composed and performed by Australian composer Rachael Dease.

The work is an exploration of longing, captured in a memory space in a time of isolation and solitude. The symbiotic and sensual relationship that exists between the performer and her instrument...I hear the music, I feel the music, I become the music. (Sally Richardson)

Directly inspired by the haunting lyrics of the Rachael Dease track The Silence Knew from her album Hymns for End Times (2021)

Filmed on set at the State Theatre of Western Australia during STRUT's SITU-8 program in 2020.


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