ILBIJERRI Theatre Company & Jacob Boehme

Blood on the dance floor

Canadian Tour

Past Production

We hold memories in our blood. It connects us. It defines us.

“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

Production History

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

Presented by ILBIJERRI Theatre Company and Jacob Boehme

The Team

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

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