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In the cliffe of a ponde of occean, Alcion, a see foule, in wynter maketh her neste and layeth egges in vii days and sittyth on brood … seuen dayes.

Amid the terrible beauty of a storm’s fury, a bird nests, resolutely drawing calm unto itself. It is the Hal’cyon, a bird fabled by the ancients to breed in a floating nest on the sea at winter solstice, charming the wind and waves into calm during incubation.

In a 14-hour dance performance installation of sustained beauty and intensity, a single performer nests on an ocean of sound, light, and imagery. The solo is comprised of dancers of all ages and ability, passing the dance between them in a rite of passage balanced on the fulcrum of the year.

Those waiting to dance and those watching move in and out at their own will. They attend the nesting dancer as accoutre voyeurs marking time and space between dusk and dawn, as if keeping vigil through a storm.

Bring oil to fire, snow to their colder moods;
Renege, affirm, and turn their halcyon beaks
With every gale and vary of their masters

Marking the turning of world and tides, Hal’cyon passes through the dark threshold of the solstice to arrive, altered, at dawn.

Dancers of all ages, backgrounds and ability levels are invited to become performers in this piece.


The performance will be developed through a series of workshops throughout the State, faclitated by Felicity Bott. Those who have registered to participate will be taken through the concept of the show, the costuming, technical elements and the performance through a series of practical exercises designed to help them develop their own Hal’cyon dance.


The Hal’cyon image features Maggie James, one of the original founders of Tasdance who is still actively involved in the company. Maggie was selected for her connection to Tasdance, and offers a beautiful ‘grounding’ of this work which is a new concept for Tasdance, connecting it to Tasdance’s history.

The image conveys the wisdom, determination and  calm of the Hal’cyon bird, nesting and calling the storm to be still.


Hal’cyon is Tasdance’s first appearance in Dark Mofo. The work itself is a new direction for  Tasdance, but closely related to Artistic Director, Felicity Bott’s own personal practice.

Promotional image from Heart Matters by Tasdance
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Odeon Theatre, Liverpool Street, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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