Vicki Van Hout - photo by Heidrun Lohr
Tackling the complexities of negotiating art, culture and community

When you’re an artist from the world’s oldest living culture expectations crowd your work. With gleeful humour and sharp observation plenty serious TALK TALK clears a personal path through this tangled territory. 

Whether she’s stomping Country in thongs on concrete or using rugby league to explore the thorny politics of kinship protocols, choreographer Vicki Van Hout tackles hard issues of art, culture, and community with fast paced wit and arresting honesty. plenty serious TALK TALK puts front and centre the parts of Indigenous art making that usually remain behind the scenes. 

From the consultative process to intricate community obligations Van Hout skilfully lays bare the complexities of negotiating culture across disciplines, genres, and eras. Taking dance theatre and weaving in threads of stand-up, visual art, multimedia, and performance this production has dazzled and charmed audiences since its 2018 premiere. Throughout, Van Hout’s droll narration is punctuated by the signature style of idiosyncratic Indigenous movement that has elevated her to one of the most respected tiers of Australian dance-making today.

Van Hout is an Indigenous independent artist with over twenty years experience. A graduate of NAISDA Dance College and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York, she went on to perform with major Indigenous dance companies Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre before joining forces with Marilyn Miller as a founding member of Fresh Dancers. 

With Miller, Van Hout performed Dear Carrie for One Extra Dance and Quinkin for the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Her show Briwyant was the first ever show by an independent indigenous choreographer to tour nationally and was nominated for an Australian Dance Award for Best Achievement in Independent Dance. 

Van Hout was awarded the 2014 NSW Dance Fellowship for established and mid-career artists – the first indigenous winner of the Fellowship. She has also completed various residencies in Australia and overseas, including in Austria and Singapore.

Director/Performer Vicki Van Hout
Dramaturg Martin del Amo
Videographers Marian Abboud and Dominic O’Donnell
Performers (featured in film) CloƩ Fournier and Glen Thomas
Sound Designer Phil Downing
Producer Fenn Gordon for Tandem

Dates: 9 – 12 May 2019
Times: 7pm Thu – Sat and 5pm Sun
Location: Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall
Address: 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Duration: 60 minutes
Tickets: $20 – $30 (plus transaction fee)

Bookings: or (03) 9322 3720

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