What’s the central premise of your show?
TETRIS is a fun contemporary dance work for families being presented at Arts Centre Melbourne this September school holidays. The show responds to the computer game of the ‘80s and ‘90s, while dealing with human desires for community and individuality.
If you had to pitch your show to a stranger, what would you say?
Human beings have a couple of strong drives. We want to belong to the group, and we want to express who we are in all our wacky glory. TETRIS is a pendulum between those two drives – and there are certainly autobiographical moments in there, but they attempt to express the universal.
What does your show say about society today?
I wanted to make a real performance about real human beings using physical imagination to play – put down the controller, get off the couch, and go outside and play with friends.
What do you want the audience to take away from your show?
Throughout all my work, there is no fourth wall. The performers can see the real bodies in real space watching them. In each work, a world is conjured up, and in different ways, audiences are invited into that world (no one is forced to join, it is always an invitation).
What motivated you to get involved with Melbourne Fringe in the first place?
We are performing at Arts Centre Melbourne as part of Melbourne Fringe and Arts Centre Melbourne’s year-round Families Program – a growing and increasingly robust initiative featuring intimate and large-scale theatre from some of the world’s most respected companies.
TETRIS comes to Arts Centre Melbourne’s Fairfax Studio from Wednesday September 25 to Saturday September 28 as part of Melbourne Fringe. Grab your tix via the venue website.