17 — 21 April 2019


By Dancenorth — Presented by Bleach*, City of Gold Coast and Griffith University

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Award-winning ensemble Dancenorth performs Tectonic, a dynamic examination of shifts: shifts in land and sea, time and tide, space and thinking. Featuring 180 fit balls half-buried in the sand, Tectonic is a confluence of sculpture, movement and sound, unfolding in a dazzling site-specific performance on the beach.

Tectonic was inspired by conversations had with locals on tiny Poruma Island in the Torres Strait — about erosion, rising sea levels and the very real fear of disappearing into the ocean. The 180 balls represent the 180 people living on the island, as well as 180 degrees — half a globe — an island in the sea.

With each fit ball acting as a mini trampoline, the adventurous stage design provides a literal springboard off which the dancers bounce, twist and weave across the sand, with the magnificent Pacific Ocean as the backdrop. The balls remain buried for the duration of the Festival, providing a large-scale interactive installation for the public.

Tectonic brings dance outside and into nature. While we’re watching the performance, we’re also enjoying the glorious outdoor lifestyle of the Gold Coast.

A multi-layered event, Tectonic is a highly physical contemporary dance spectacle and an interactive installation.

Workshops: Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 April, 9:00am – 10:00am. Come and try your skills on the Tectonic set with some of the dancers from Dancenorth. Please note that capacity for the daily workshops is 15 people. Workshops will run for 10 minutes for the hour. 

Free Jump & Play: Monday 22 April, 10:00am – 4:00pm

We are all crossing our fingers for blue skies for a fun day of Jump and Play on the set of Tectonic this Monday 22 April.

We can’t wait to open up the site for the day for everyone to enjoy. There are a few little notes to consider when you come on down.

General jumping rules:

*Jumping ages – 5 years to 13 years olds must be supervised by an adult carer
*If you’re 4 years old or under – you need a ‘hand holder’ to be with/beside you at all times.
*Follow facilitator’s instructions at all times
*No flips, double bounces or pushing other jumpers
*No dangly jewellery or loose accessories or sharp objects/clothes
*You have not consumed drugs or alcohol today
*Understand that my session may be stopped at any time due to safety
*Please take care of yourself and each other
*By choosing to jump you are assuming a risk of injury
*You must sign the waiver if you want to jump
*Don’t be afraid to ask questions or for help
*Bleach* is not responsible for any personal items of the Jumper
*Most of all have fun and be safe


10:00am – 11:30am – Performance space open to the public
11:30am – 1:00pm – BREAK (performance space closed to the public)
1:00pm – 2:30pm – Performance space open to the public
2:30pm – 3:00pm – BREAK (performance space closed to the public)
3:00pm – 4:00pm – Performance space open to the public
4:00pm – Workshop concludes

This event will be wheelchair accessible; the ‘sandcruiser’ beach wheelchair and viewing points will be available at this event.


Director/Choreographer Kyle Page

Rehearsal Director Amber Haines

Lighting Designer Tom Wright

Composer Alisdair Macindoe

Set & Costume Designer Andrew Treloar

Production Manager Don MacKenzie

Dancers/Choreographers Samantha Hines, Mason Kelly, Jenni Large, Ashley McLellan, Amber Haines, Felix Sampson, Jack Ziesing

Image Credit: Amber Haines

Additional Credits: Dancenorth are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, Access Arts, Australia Council for the Arts and the Townsville City Council.

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