Sue Healey is a leading, Sydney-based choreographer, described by Erin Brannigan in her introduction to a 2004 RealTime interview as "a survivor in the Australian dance scene." Her capacity to survive in the under-funded Australian dance ecology is doubtlessly fuelled by the strength of her vision:
"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" (www.suehealey.com.au).
As a choreographer Healey appears pretty much a formalist, producing with her dancer collaborators geometrical patternings (accentuated by the poles and lines the performers dextrously manipulate in Healey's Fine Line Terrain, 2004) that are at once taut and fluid. Finely responsive dancers like Shona Erskine, Lisa Griffiths and Nalina Wait are expert in realising Healey's demand for heightened, abstract articulation in this dance essay about our manipulation of space as habitation.
|The Curiosities, Sue Healey, Performance Space |
photo by Heidrun Löhr
What's particularly interesting about Healey is her sense of exploration (of time, cultures, perception, body mechanics), of research become art or, better, art as research. Above all it is her preoccupation with perception (amplified by her filmmaking craft and its multimedia manifestations) that gives her body of work its enduring substance: "(Experiencing) dance, whether as observer or performer, can enhance the way we perceive our reality as moving, sentient beings interacting on this fragile planet."
|The Curiosities, Sue Healey, Performance Space|
photo by Heidrun Löhr
the body: re-examined, recreated, restless
jodie mcneilly: sue healey, the curiosities
dancing cultural time zones
keith gallasch: sue healey, as you take time
reeldance: the dance-cinema hybrid
karen pearlman: reeldance 2004
dancing the labyrinth
richard james allen: sue healey, fine line terrain
niche #2 a salon performance
erin brannigan: antistatic 2002
the slippery path
erin brannigan: time series
the fine lines of creation
erin brannigan: niche series
dancewrite workshop feature
For the 2008 RealTime-Critical Path DanceWrite workshop, Sue Healey showed and spoke to her film Will Time Tell?, after which participants wrote their responses to the work.
will time tell?: into the cultural vortex
will time tell?: precise moves
will time tell?: multiple beings
will time tell?: many times
Video excerpt embedded with permission from the artist
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