The Oracle


THE ORACLE is inspired by the haunting work of Scandinavian painter Odd Nerdrum, and driven by the powerful score of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, Meryl Tankard's The Oracle, takes on the conflicting forces of Nature and man in a compelling solo for dancer Paul White. Meditative and sensual, disturbing and wise, he is the oracle, the interpreter of signs we cannot afford to miss. What sacrifice will nature require to renew a harmony squandered by greed and indifference? Development of The Oracle took place at Io Myers studio in April/May 2009

The premiere presentation of The Oracle was commissioned by the Sydney Opera House and Malthouse Theatre with support from the Australia Council and The Keir Foundation.


Concept/Direction/DesignMeryl Tankard
Video/Visual DesignRégis Lansac
ChoreographyMeryl Tankard, Paul White
PerformerPaul White
ProducerRosalind Richards Artful Management
The project was seeded through a Critical Path residency and further developed with assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body Australia Council for the Arts logo Critical Path