Tectonic > Bleach* 2019

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.

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

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


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17 April 2019


6:30 PM



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Bleach* at Burleigh
Near Mowbray Park