Standing Bird 2

Award winning, transformative, dance theatre

Claus can disarm any audience..You watch and weep at her strength and prowess. Standing Bird 2 is unforgettable... (Rita Clarke, The Australian)

Standing Bird 2

A dynamic collaboration between some of WA's most experienced independent artists. In a bravura solo performance by Jacqui Claus, one of WA's most exciting and powerful dancers, Standing Bird 2 is a personal odyssey that spirals the audience into an experience of submersion and transformation. This work exploits a range of spaces to create an ever shifting point of view to this intimate and sensual performance.

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Images: Ashley de Prazer

Creative Team:

Created by: Jacqui Claus, Danielle Micich & Sally Richardson

Writer/Directer: Sally Richardson

Vision Design: Ashley de Prazer

Sound Design: Kingsley Reeve with Kyle Morrison

Costume: Fiona Bruce

Lighting/Additional Sound: Joe Lui

Hong Kong Tour (Produced by Performing Lines WA)


Jacqui Claus' performance is a tour de force. Such was the spell cast by Standing Bird 2's solo performer and co-creator that I barely shifted in my seat for the hour of the performance.
(Nina Levy, The West Australian)

Claus has conquered, and she has made this solo work her own. She ably provided the sheer physical and emotional depth demanded by this full-length work. Much credit also goes to creator Sally Richardson, who has gathered together many of WA's leading performance artists in dance, film, theatre and music over the years to produce this world-premiere event. (**** ArtsHub )

A riveting physical performance, full of wordless eloquence and edgy sense of danger. She exudes both fragility and strength, vulnerability and purpose. At times I was imagining a young Sylvie Guillem doing a fast-paced Butoh dance.
(Benny Chia, Hong Kong Fringe Club)


  • Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Fringeworld 2010
  • The Blue Room Theatre 2013
  • Hong Kong International Fringe Festival 2014


Additional Links:


Winner Outstanding Achievement in Design WA AUSDANCE AWARDS 2014

Finalist Best Performance/Best Production/Judges Choice Awards BLUE ROOM THEATRE AWARDS 2013

Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer (Standing Bird) WA DANCE AWARDS 2013


Finalist Best Emerging Artist FRINGEWORLD AWARDS 2012

Finalist Best Dance (Standing Bird) FRINGEWORLD AWARDS 2012

Nominated Most Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer AUSTRALIAN DANCE AWARDS 2013


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