Hopping on a bus to Nowhereis not an unusual concept for regular Stompin audiences. In fact I distinctly remember doing ‘blockies’ around the centre of Launceston in a bus on the way to the venue for an aptly titled piece I Love Cars(choreographed by Adam Wheeler – now the Artistic Director of Tasdance) in 2011.
Nowhere . Photo supplied
Almost in direct contrast, Nowheretakes audiences out of the city of Launceston and into one of the local, secret wild places. More recently the home to a solitary bull, Tamar Island is surrounded by wetlands, which are now protected and made accessible by a very long board walk, which crosses large sections of river and marsh.
This is the site of the first section of the work co-created by choreographer Yolande Brown and the 17-strong cast of Stompin youth dance company. In collaboration with local writer Adam Thompson, they have used the length, and very narrow breadth, of the boardwalk to guide a procession of the audience to slowly weave its way out to the island.
Each person, equipped with headphones, moves in single file accompanied by the key characters of the landscape...