Unravelling / Traces of Home

Unravelling re-choreographed for the Vietnam Opera Ballet Theatre, designs by Michael Pearce. Hanoi, October 2000. Originally entitled Traces of Home, music traditional Japanese and Vietnamese, Pasakorn Suwanaphan, Joseph E.E. Peters, it was first performed in 1998 at QUT Theatre, Brisbane, in Manila for the 1998 Philippines International Dance Festival and remounted in 2001 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

The heady aroma of incense fills the auditorium, coming from hanging bell-shaped coils revealed in Stock’s Traces of Home. Her empathy for Asian culture, gained working in Vietnam, is richly applied in this collaboration with six Asian students, paying homage to Taiwanese, Chinese and Vietnamese traditions in a contemporary context. The dancers’ natural grace and delicacy, and their gentle celebration of heritage and modernity, makes for a beautiful evocation.

Olivia Stewart, The Courier Mail, 13 June 1998