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The Niche series is devoted to the choreographed body and its intricate occupation of space. Fantasies on habit, habitat and habitation, this work has traversed film, video, live performance, gallery installation and international collaboration.

Disc 1: Fine Line Terrain
Performance: 60 mins. Fine Line Terrain, for 5 dancers, explores the spaces we inhabit. The performance space becomes dissected with white lines, creating geometric ‘houses ’ that connect, entangle and ultimately collapse. Intimate relationships are framed and mapped by lines, highlighting the precariousness of our relationship to the world and to each other. This is dance that explores the subtle intricacies of our relationship to the space around us.
Fine Line Terrain was performed in the Spotlight program of APAM in Adelaide 2004 and represented at APAP in New York 2004. Sydney Opera House presented this work in a sell-out season JUNE 2004.

Disc 2: Short Dance films
Niche
video, duration,10 mins
Finalist IMZ Monaco and Cinedans Holland, 2003. Highly Commended at the 2002 Reeldance Awards, Australia. A dance-film that inhabits an intimate place – the edge, surface and the space in between.

Fine Line
video, 9 mins. Winner Il Coreografo Elettronico, Napolidanza, Italy 2004. Winner Reeldance Australia/NZ 2004. Winner Best dance film Ausdance 2003.

The Door, the Chair, the Bed & the Stair
Installation, 9 minute loop,  4 films placing the body in distinct architectural settings are projected onto multiple screens that distort and disrupt the picture plane surface. The result is a mesmerising meditation on space, rhythm and form. Exhibited MIC Auckland New Zealand 2010.

Sue Healey is a choreographer, educator and dance-film maker based in Sydney, Australia. Her creative manifesto speaks to the production of a highly-detailed movement language. Experimenting with form and perception, Healey creates dance for diverse spaces; theatres, specific sites and the camera. Her live works and films embody technical excellence and high production values, and employ the finest of dancers.
Associate artists Shona Erskine, Lisa Griffiths and Nalina Wait have been integral to Healey's work since 2002.

Works have been described as masterful in their handling of organic human stories, space and time through dance. Her films transcend the performance space, allowing a new focus and magic to enter; time lingers, even reverses, details are enlarged for intricate scrutiny, elements are introduced in an alchemic fashion, all using the genius of cinematography and an acute awareness of movement.
Sue Healey has established a reputation as a key figure in the development of choreography and has worked to build strong ties into the artistic and academic communities in Australia and the Asia Pacific. As her artistic statement reads:

"I create dance that acknowledges the potency of the human body to take us into the realm of the extraordinary. I believe dance to be vital human research and as a means to communicate across cultural boundaries. I am committed to creating a theatrical language that illuminates and transforms, revealing subtle layers of movement and perception.” – Sue Healey

The Niche series has been developed in association with lead performer Shona Erskine and Victor Bramich, Lisa Griffiths, Nelson Reguera Perez, Nalina Wait and dancers from The Aichi Arts Centre in Nagoya, Japan. Collaborating artists include cinematographer Mark Pugh, lighting designer Joseph Mercurio, composer Darrin Verhagen and editor Sam James.

Fine Line Terrain - Performers : Shona Erskine, Lisa Griffiths, Nalina Wait Nelson Reguera Perez, Victor Bramich, Jacob Lehrer Director of Photography : Mark Pugh Music : Darrin Verhagen Lighting Design : Joseph Mercurio Design : Michael Pearce and Sue Healey Funded by The Australia Council

Niche - Performers: Shona Erskine Director of Photography: Mark Pugh Music: Darrin Verhagen Editor: Sam James

Fine Line - Performers : Shona Erskine, Lisa Griffiths, Nalina Wait, Nelson Reguera Perez, Victor Bramich Director of Photography: Mark Pugh Music: Darrin Verhagen Editor: Sam James Design: Sue Healey

Fine Line Terrain - was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography and Outstanding Achievement for performance by a company in 2004, Ausdance Awards.

Niche - Finalist IMZ Monaco and Cinedans Holland, 2003.
Highly Commended at the 2002 Reeldance Awards, Australia

Fine Line - Winner Il Coreografo Elettronico, Napolidanza, Italy 2004. Winner Reeldance Australia/NZ 2004. Winner Best dance film Ausdance 2003.

The Door, the Chair, the Bed and the Stair: Gallery installation for solo dancer and 8mm projected film (collaboration with Louise Curham)
Performed at Antistatic Festival, Performance Space, Sydney 2003
Highly Commended Reeldance 2002,
Performance Space, Sydney 2002.
Nominated Best Dance Film Ausdance 2002
Designed for a white gallery space and finalist in IMZ competition Monaco 2002 and Cinedans Holland 2003.

“Without a doubt, Sue Healey is one of the most innovative and prolific Australian independent dance makers of the last twenty years…this work (The Door, the Chair, the Bed and the Stair) is exciting, thought-provoking and poetic.” - Martin del Amo, Ausdance Summer edition 2009

 

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