turning women, words, dance and spaces inside out…
De Quincey Co is one of Australia’s most innovative and inspiring dance performance companies creating pioneering cross artform works of exceptional quality which push the boundaries of dance and the artists we work with, and which provides audiences with a unique, rare and thought-provoking dance experience that invites them to connect, experience and to question.
Weaving between the work of three of Australia's most acclaimed women artists and in response to writings by Julia Kristeva, dancer Tess de Quincey invites you into a feminine space, an environment where body and word coexist. This is a raw and edgy layering where resonances of women's culture and female sensibility are assembled in a crosscultural, interdisciplinary synthesis. This collaboration brings together breathtaking and provocative poet Amanda Stewart with the intense, monumentality of digital sequencer Debra Petrovitch and the subversive trajectories of new media artist Francesca da Rimini. Other women contributors bring elements from Turkish, Iranian, Indian, Chinese, Arabic, French, Chilean and Balinese female forms. Visual and sonic poetry is interwoven with a choreography that is based in a synthesis of Eastern and Western dance traditions. This is a decentering which touches the flesh of everyday speech. The artists invoke a powerful and subtle negotiation of a potential infinity - the place of the infinite’s emerging and of enigmatic substance determined by presence, absence and erasure.
NERVE 9 is a one-hour production. It premiered at Performance Space, Sydney in May 2001 and was presented in Melbourne and Adelaide in February 2002 and in Paris in November 2002 as part of ‘Novembre Australien’, a festival of Australian dance-performance produced by Le Biennale nationale de danse. In 2005 a 6-city tour as a part of the Mobile States touring of contemporary performance around Australia took the piece to Perth, Hobart, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Darwin.