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Zizanie (SA, Australia)


1 Apr 2019 - 31 Dec 2021

Short Synopsis

Zizanie means mischief, chaos, stirring up trouble... It can also mean weeds. Trouble starts when the guy next door thinks he knows best. In his garden, order comes first, there’s no place for weeds, or trouble, or fun.

If he wants to keep out all that is wild, unruly and disruptive, what a sad place that would be. He can build a wall to keep out the Zizanie, but life will find a way in. And life, in all its forms, is beautiful.

The notion that some people find weeds beautiful and others pull them out and throw them away is a good metaphor for how some people view those with disability in our society.

Zizanie is an exciting new work for 6 Restless dancers directed by Meryl Tankard. It brings together Meryl, an icon of Australian dance, with Australia’s leading dance company for young people with and without disability. 

With evocative imagery and enchanting illusion, Meryl works with designer Jonathon Oxlade, video designer Chris Petridis and visual artist Regis Lansac to create a whimsical world where a mesmerising tale for the family unfolds.

Using abstract Auslan narration, a beautiful idiosyncratic movement language and bold imagery the Restless dancers have brought this engaging cautionary tale to life. 

The exquisite dancers for this work are Chris Dyke, Kathryn Evans, Jianna Georgiou, Michael Hodyl, Dana Nance and Michael Noble.

The work is distinctive, visually striking, affecting, provocative and joyful.

 A weed is just a plant in the wrong place – Grayson Perry

Zizanie premiered at the 2019 Adelaide Festival to rave reviews.

Reviews Feature

★★★★★ “A delightful, mischievous, intoxicating celebration of difference.” - Limelight Magazine


Written By
Meryl Tankard
Composed By
Luke Smiles
Directed By
Meryl Tankard
Designed By
Set, costume and video design illustration - Jonathon Oxlade, Video design - Chris Petridis and Regis Lansac
Restless Dance Theatre dancers; Chris Dyke, Kathryn Evans, Jianna Georgiou, Michael Hodyl, Dana Nance and Michael Noble.
Availability Status
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