Image by Liesel Zink

Image by Liesel Zink



Balloons and Granite is a series of durational dance and sound installations that investigate themes of persistence in political, social and environmental contexts.

Each installation is different in appearance and tone, a dancer working with either white balloons or white granite fragments to gradually transform the space into an immersive visual experience.

Liesel Zink has worked with dramaturge Martyn Coutts, Clare Dyson and a diverse range of dancers to choreographically investigate the opposing weight of balloons and granite and the social political meanings we draw from placing the body at the centre of these materials. Original music composed by Mike Willmett is delivered via wireless FM headphones providing audience with an intimate viewing experience while adding context & power to the choreography.

We are interested in how actions and images degrade over time and what is revealed in both the persistence and fatigue of the performer.

**Please note this work is still 'in progress'

Balloons and Granite is being developed in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse and supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. The concept was seeded at Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art by Performance Space, Sydney 2016


THURSDAY 15 February 6:00 - 7:15pm - Box Office Foyer Space, Brisbane Powerhouse

FRIDAY 16 February 6:30 - 7:30pm - Visy Foyer, Brisbane Powerhouse

SATURDAY 17 February 6:00 - 7:00pm - Box Office Foyer Space, Brisbane Powerhouse. 




Liesel is a Brisbane based choreographer interested in the political body in public space. Her practice seeks to engage extensive audiences in meaningful artistic experiences. Her most notable public space work includes ‘The Stance’ (Sziget Festival, Hungary; Ansan Street Arts Festival, South Korea; Liveworks Festival, Sydney; APAM, Brisbane; Salamanca Moves, Hobart; Junction Arts Festival, Launceston; Slipstream Festival, Brisbane) which saw her receive an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance in 2017. Her other major site-specific work ‘fifteen’ (Next Wave VIC & Brisbane Festival QLD 2012) also received ‘Best of’ awards in both VIC and QLD. 

Liesel is currently working with Force Majeure for their new site-specific work premiering at Commonwealth Games 2018. She regularly performs with Polytoxic Dance Company and has also performed for artists including Liz Lea, PVI Collective and Dave Sleswick.


Choreographer: Liesel Zink

Sound Artist: Mike Willmett

Dramaturge: Martyn Coutts

Visual Metaphor Consultant: Clare Dyson

Dancers: Amelia Stokes, Michael Smith, Amy Pan, Sophie Barendse with contributions from Amrita Hepi and Chanthalah Webster-Tight