Plain English

Plain English, commissioned by Tasdance and choreographed by Liesel Zink

Commissioned and premiered by Tasdance May 2016 as part of Evolve;Revolve.

Plain English was made in collaboration with dramaturg Martyn Coutts and the Tasdance dancers. The work puts a microscope on the way politicians speak in our current political climate - deconstructing recent interviews and speeches from Australian politicians and using their rhythm, patterns, slogans and stutters to build a choreographic vocabulary that takes on a life of it’s own. What began to emerge was the symbiotic relationship between politicians and the media, causing us to question: In this mass and mess of media, debate, ratings and polls is there any room to have an authentic conversation about something meaningful?

A video and teachers notes are available for this work. Please contact: production(at)

Photograph by Nicholas Higgins

Plain English by Liesel Zink

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