With the head of an ox, the hindquarters of an antelope and the mane and tail of a horse, the wildebeest as image morphs easily between living animal and fanciful creature. Storms and predators gather as instinct stirs the herd and migration whirrs into action like an ancient machine.
Wildebeest is an assemblage of the dancers’ fascination for physicality - their power as individuals and strength en masse - their wildebeests within.
Direction/Choreography - Gabrielle Nankivell
Performed by - Sydney Dance Company (Chris Aubrey, Thomas Bradley, Chen Wen, Holly Doyle, Janessa Dufty, Fiona Jopp, Bernhard Knauer, David Mack, Alana Sargent, Jesse Scales, Todd Sutherland, Jessica Thompson, Charmene Yap)
Composition & Sound Design - Luke Smiles / motion laboratories
Lighting Design - Matthew Marshall
Costume Design - Fiona Holley
Production - Sydney Dance Company
New Breed Season Sponsor - The Balnaves Foundation
Footage filmed by Pedro Greig
Originally presented as part of Sydney Dance Company's New Breed season at Carriageworks, November 2014.
Photos © Jack Saltmiras