“[Warby’s] work reveals a mature level of eclecticism, elegance, and downright quirkiness. Remarkable and satisfying – playful, cute, self mocking, vampish, elegant and pure.”
– Lee Christofis, Dance Australia

Continuing her explorations with film, composition, and solo dance, acclaimed Australian choreographer Ros Warby returns to PICA with Swift. Working from the generative seeds of Eve, a piece she presented as part of Solos at PICA in May 2002, Warby continues to explore the multifaceted layers existing simultaneously within a female character, though this time the different facets are pulled apart, played out, and exaggerated. Swift traverses two worlds, that of the imagined – the made up, the fairy tale – and that of transformation from diva to gremlin, from angel to animal. Warby is joined by long-time collaborators cellist/composer Helen Mountfort, who plays live electric and acoustic cello, and projection designer Margie Medlin, whose brilliant designs create distinct settings for Warby to navigate throughout the piece.

Based in Melbourne, Australia, choreographer and performer Ros Warby trained classically in Australia and Europe before furthering her dance education at the European Dance Development Centre and in the United States with Lisa Nelson, Dana Reitz, and Deborah Hay. Since 1996 she has performed with Australian choreographer Lucy Guerin and with the Deborah Hay Company throughout Australia, Europe, and the United States. Her recent program, Solos, has been presented in Melbourne, South Back Centre, London, and Nottdance Festival, UK, at the Adelaide Festival in 2002, the Antistatic Festival, and in Portland in 2002. Solos received the prestigious Green Room Award (Australian equivalent of the Bessie Award) for Best Solo Performance. Warby is currently an Australia Council Fellowship recipient for 2002-2004, enabling her to continue developing her own solo compositions and performance. Swift was created in part through a residency at PICA in 2001.

Presenting Sponsor: The Durst Fund for New Work.

Run time: 60 min.