When:Saturday 24th August 2019
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 theatre, image, text and choreography, Boehme pays homage to their ceremonies whilst dissecting the politics of gay, Blak and poz identities.
Blood on the Dance Floor is an unapologetic, passionate and visceral narrative that traverses time, space and characters. A story of our need to love and be loved, Boehme’s striking monologue reveals our secret identities and our deepest fears, seeking to invoke ancestral lineage in a contemporary quest for courage and hope.
“…tells a story that is rarely heard in a way that is accessible and, ultimately, affirming” – The Music
Blood on the Dance Floor is a piece of autobiographical theatre, based on the lived experience of dancer and choreographer Jacob Boehme. As such it includes elements of movement and dance. While primarily a theatre performance this show also has cross-over appeal for dance.
WARNINGS: Adult concepts (sexual & drug references), coarse language, loud music.
AGE RECOMMENDATION: 15+
Artist-in-residence: Jacob Boehme
In the lead up to his solo production Blood on the Dance Floor, Jacob Boehme will be artist-in-residence at Tuggeranong Arts Centre from 25th-31st July.
Jacob is a choreographer, dancer and writer from the Narangga and Kaurna nations of South Australia.
Jacob’s residency will focus on engaging with the Ngunnawal community and other Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people living in the Canberra region, particularly those living with or affected by HIV, and those identifying as LGBTIQA+.
Jacob is inviting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to come together and discuss new approaches to HIV sexual health awareness, education and advocacy, that is peer-led and self-determined.
During the residency, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with HIV and their Allies are invited to two Community Action Meetings at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.
THE AGE | Cameron Woodhead | 2 June 2016.
“Theatre and dance don’t usually achieve such compelling synergy as they do under Isaac Drandic’s direction. And Boehme is marvelous: 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. 4 ½ stars”. Full review https://goo.gl/mdWDQD
AUSTRALIAN STAGE | Liza Dezfouli | 4 June 2016
“…Blood on the Dance Floor is a beautiful show and gives voice to experiences from communities we want to hear more about.” Full review https://goo.gl/dMHFXD