THE DOLPHIN PLAY
1983: The Mill Theatre, Geelong
Performers: Tom Considine, Bernadette Fitzgerald
Design: Neil Greenaway
Music: Les Gilbert
Choreography: Nanette Hassall, Rinski Ginsberg
The story was drawn was the theft of two dolphins retained for experimental purposes at a US naval facility in Hawaii. Historian/writer Gavan Daws had done substantial research on the subject and worked with us to create the play. We used a combination of contact release work and swivel trapezes to embody the movement of the dolphins and created a sound landscape to suggest the interplay between human signals to the dolphins and the sonic world that they inhabited.
Photo: Peter Wilson