We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Elders, Ancestors and leaders of the Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands ILBIJERRI Theatre Company is based.
We extend this respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, recognising their resilience and ongoing connection to land, water and culture, despite ongoing colonial interruption and genocide.
Always was, always will be, sacred Indigenous land.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be advised that this website may contain images of deceased persons.
“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. ★★★★½” - Cameron Woodhead, The Age, 2 June 2016
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.
“Blood on the Dance Floor is an impressive accomplishment on many levels… it’s well-proportioned and beautifully crafted, but perhaps most importantly, it tells a story that is rarely heard in a way that is accessible and, ultimately, affirming. ★★★★½” - Maxim Boon, Limelight Magazine, 2 June 2016
21-25 January 2017 - Carriageworks, Sydney Festival
1-6 June 2016 - Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hal
Supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, Performing Lines & Tandem Works
Writer/Performer Jacob Boehme
Director Isaac Drandic
Choreographer Mariaa Randall
Sound Designer James Henry
Spatial Designer Jenny Hector
Dramaturges Chris Mead & Mari Lourey
Movement Consultant Rinske Ginsberg
Projection Designer Keith Deverell
Costume Designer Kelsey Henderson