APAM will be presenting two work-in-development Showings on Monday 19 Feb at Brisbane Powerhouse:

Show One: Balloons and Granite by Liesel Zink

Designed for foyer and festival spaces, Balloons and Granite is a series of durational dance and sound installations that investigate themes of persistence in political, social and environmental contexts. Each installation is different in appearance and tone, a dancer working with either 250 white balloons or 250kg of white granite fragments to gradually transform the space into an immersive visual experience.

Liesel Zink will work with dramaturge Martyn Coutts, Clare Dyson and a diverse range of dancers to choreographically investigate the opposing weight of balloons and granite and the social political meanings we draw from placing the body at the centre of these materials.  We are interested in how actions and images degrade over time and what is revealed in both the persistence and fatigue of the performer.

Original music composed by Mike Willmett is delivered via wireless FM headphones providing audience with an intimate viewing experience while adding context & power to the choreography.

The concept for Balloons and Granite was seeded at Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art by Performance Space, Sydney 2016.


Liesel Zink is a Brisbane based choreographer interested in the political body in public space. Her practice seeks to engage extensive audiences in meaningful artistic experiences. Her most notable public space work includes‘The Stance’ (Sziget Festival, Hungary; Ansan Street Arts Festival, South Korea; Liveworks Festival, Sydney; APAM, Brisbane; Salamanca Moves, Hobart; Junction Arts Festival, Launceston; Slipstream Festival, Brisbane) which saw her receive an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance in 2017. Her other major site-specific work ‘fifteen’ (Next Wave VIC & Brisbane Festival QLD 2012) also received ‘Best of’ awards in both VIC and QLD. 

Liesel has been commissioned to choreograph works for Australian contemporary dance companies including Tasdance (‘Plain English’ 2016), Expressions Dance Company (‘Synapse’ 2013; ‘It fell on the floor between them’ 2010), LINK Dance Company (‘The Miranda Warning’ 2014), and Artslink QLD Schools touring program. In 2017 she was invited to direct a new physical theatre work, ‘Warm Lettuce’ on Griffith Applied University Students.

Liesel is currently working with Force Majeure for their new site-specific work premiering at Commonwealth Games 2018. She regularly performs with Polytoxic Dance Company and has also performed for artists including Liz Lea, PVI Collective and Dave Sleswick. As well as producing her own work she produces for dance artist Michael Smith, and co-produces the IndepenDANCE Project (Phluxus2 Dance Collective) and Angry Mime evening of experimental art. She is a recipient of the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayors Fellowship (2016), has been an associate artist of La Boite Theatre Company and EDC, has been on the advising panel for Backbone Youth Arts and has been invited to be an ‘Emerging Thought Leader’ for the Brisbane City Council.

Show Two: I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You by The Good Room

Why shouldn’t I look right into the sun? Why do you go to work? Was there really a time before the internet? How do I know that I’m real and not a dream of somebody else?

This is a work full of questions. Asked by young people. Answered anonymously by adults. Turned into a new work of performance by The Good Room in a theatre-turned-playground-turned-battleground.

APAM 2018 marks the first development of ‘I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You’; a work conceived to travel and adapt across different cities - each with its own ensemble of young people, asking their own questions of the people bigger (and supposedly smarter) than themselves.

Combining anonymous submission with high-impact image, the work pits Age against Experience in a conversation built around three key starting points: what you’ve been told, what you know to be true and what you want to believe.

From these beginnings, ‘I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You’ looks at how we scaffold our understanding of ourselves and the world: one truth, one myth, one omission at a time.

For APAM 2018, The Good Room will open up our development room to give an insight into our methodology and the initial creative responses from our young ensemble. 

Image: Dylan Evans


The Good Room is a Queensland-based performance collective comprised of Daniel Evans, Amy Ingram, Kieran Swann and Lauren Clelland.

We co-author works with audiences as part of an ongoing investigation into empathy and connectedness. We do this by asking the public to anonymously share with us, via a custom-built website, memories and admissions from their lives. Inside a rigorous process, we respond to these crowd-sourced contributions by fusing verbatim techniques, contemporary performance, and theatrical spectacle, to create work that blurs the line between ‘audience’ and ‘maker’.

This next major work for APAM will combine our finely-tuned creative process with our ongoing commitment to privileging the voices of young people, in a piece of theatre made by The Generation Up Next.