A highlight in the 2006 Australian dance calendar was the arrival of a significant talent, Tanja Liedtke, and a national tour of her first major work in Australia, Twelfth Floor, for which she received the 2006 Australian Dance Award for outstanding achievement in choreography. This original and sophisticated work introduced audiences to Liedtke’s fascination with the not-so-nice underbelly of relationships, her wicked humour and to her capacity to illuminate the beauty of the human spirit.

Tanja followed up with construct which was tragically to be her final work as she was suddenly killed in a road accident in August 2007.

construct takes a look at the sharp, rigorous and sometimes curious work that goes into the act of building. It inhabits an empty theatre full of possibility - a space in which to construct an existence; a future, a life, a home. From first dwellings to contemporary towers to the shelter assembled from the need to simply survive, the physical act of building a structure, a connection or a dream is rich in metaphor and emotional bonds. Building - re-building – always building – demolition – slow decay. Liedtke uses inventive movement and simple design to evoke the familiar, the domestic and the unexpected twist.

construct could apply to many things, from personal careers and relationships, to larger matters. We build cities and destroy them. Great civilisations fall apart. Things increase and decrease. It’s a universal subject, something that is inherent in the world. Tanja Liedtke

even in a harsh environment, collapse isn't inevitable but depends on a society's choices Jared Diamond

World premiere 11-13 May 2007 Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London followed by performances at The Point in Eastleigh, the Arnolfini in Bristol and Manchester’s Contact Theatre.
Australian premiere, 9-13 January 2008, The Playhouse, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival 16 -19 January 2008, Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres Parramatta, Sydney Festival
In 2009/10 construct and Twelfth Floor toured extensively in Australia and overseas, produced by Performing Lines. These tours feature in the documentary Life in Movement produced and directed by Closer Productions which premiered at the Adelaide Film Festival 2011.

Concept and DirectionTanja Liedtke
Artistic AssociateSolon Ulbrich
ComposerDJ Tr!p
ChoreographyTanja Liedtke in collaboration with Kristina Chan and Paul White
PerformersKristina Chan, Tanja Liedtke, Paul White, Alessandra Mattana(Sydney Festival)
Remount and DirectionSolon Ulbrich(Sydney Festival)
Set and Lighting DesignBen and Geoff Cobham (Bluebottle)
DramaturgyJosh Tyler
Production ManagerPaul Cowley
ProducerRosalind Richards Artful Management
construct was originally developed with funding from the Australia Council, Arts SA and the Keir Foundation; with commissioning funds from the Southbank Centre (London) and Tanja Farman (through the National Endowment of Science, Technology and the Arts); and with support from CultureLab City of Melbourne and the Adelaide Festival Centre. Arts SA logo Australia Council for the Arts logo