THE DANCING IBIS

THE DANCING IBIS

The act captures the essence of the water- bird's movement and character.

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

The Ibis stands over 3 metres tall and has a wingspan of 4 metres creating a graceful spectacle that is visible over a very large area. The act captures the essence of the water- bird's movement and character. The nature of the This when roaming is highly spontaneous and varies from playfully showing off how well it can 'dance'- as waterbirds do in their courtship season, to shamelessly scavenging for food fram the audience - much like ibises in the zoo or a park are likely to do. The act works particularly well in a setting with music as this compliments the Ibis's dancing.

The Ibis begins the performance with a long-legged dance that is the bird’s ritual greeting to the audience. This dance piece is a choreographed sequence of ten minutes duration that gains much of its effect from the bird’s huge billowing wings as well as the long legs and three metre height of the bird. After this dance the Ibis mingles with the audience, stalking through the crowd  with great agility. This part of the act is very interactive and has comic elements.  The Ibis’s nature combines strong curiosity (always beak first) with moments of shyness and a love of showing off.

 

Typically, the interactive performance would probably include the Ibis performing an impromptu dance for some admiring elderly people, an attempt (by the Ibis) to sneak up and steal icecream from a group of giggling children, and the Ibis trying to hide from a young couple who keep chasing the giant bird wanting a photo. Of course the Ibis takes part in being photographed with an air of dignity once it realises no harm is intended.

 

This act combines both movement skills and character acting; dance performances that are visible to a large crowd and close up interactions with the audience.

 


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