Dance, Theatre Australia
Jacob Boehme

BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR

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We hold memories in our blood. It connects us. It defines us.

Blood on the Dance Floor explores the legacies and memories of our bloodlines, our need for community and what blood means to each of us – questioning how this most precious fluid unites and divides us.

A choreographer, dancer and writer from the Narangga and Kaurna nations of South Australia, Jacob Boehme was diagnosed with HIV in 1998. In search of answers, he reached out to his ancestors. Through a powerful blend of storytelling, projection and movement, he pays homage to their ceremonies while dissecting the politics of gay, Blak and poz identities.

Unapologetic, passionate and visceral, Blood on the Dance Floor is a story of our need to love and be loved. Boehme’s striking monologue uses humour and intimacy to reveal our secret identities and our deepest fears, seeking to invoke ancestral lineage in a contemporary quest for courage and hope.

Reviews
  • Boehme is marvellous: his charismatic presence and easy smile, graceful movement and the emotional intelligence behind his storytelling make this an entertaining, moving work that elicits as much empathy as laughter.

    Sydney Morning Herald
  • It is love that gives this work a buoyancy which carries us until the house lights come back on.

    Peril Magazine
Credits
  • Writer & Performer Jacob Boehme

  • Director Isaac Drandic
  • Choreographer Mariaa Randall
  • Sound Designer James Henry
  • Spatial Designer Jenny Hector
  • Video Artist Keith Deverell
  • Costume Designer Kelsey Henderson
  • Movement Coach Rinske Ginsberg
  • Dramaturges Chris Mead & Mari Lourey
  • Production Manager Nick Glen
  • Photo Dorine Blaise

Supported by Australia Council for the Arts.

Supported by City of Melbourne, Creative Victoria & Victorian State Government. Previous project funding by Australian Government Indigenous Languages & Arts Program.

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