An exploration of landscape, scale and place, Terrain is a performance in which the miniature and the giant collide in a distinctly human exploration of precariousness and the inevitability of change. Presented on an installation consisting of a tiny kitset plywood stage, artificial turf, miniature props and vintage music played on a retro hi-fi, Terrain is at once profound and universal, with a distinct folk sensibility. It playfully subverts traditional ideas about what dance can be, combining it with physical theatre, visual imagery and high energy partnering, as it if were just as much an art exhibition in motion.
Award-winning choreographers Malia Johnston and Guy Ryan have created some of New Zealand’s most innovative dance productions. Terrain, their most sought-after piece, was first made for the Wellington Fringe Festival in 2004. It has since been performed over 100 times at arts festivals and venues throughout New Zealand and Australia. With its humanist themes, Terrain has taken on new significance in recent times in lights of forces currently at play in our world.