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Canine Choreography

Danielle Reynolds

11–12 May
6pm & 8.30pm
Testing Grounds
$20 / $17


    • Auslan-interpreted performance 12 May 6pm
    • The 6pm performance on Friday 11 May will feature an integrated descriptive commentary for people who are Blind or have low vision

Just when you thought you’d seen it all, Danielle Reynolds embarks on a humorous and sincere investigation into the world of “canine freestyle” – or freestyle dog dancing. A performance that is shared equally between dog and handler, this popular contemporary dog sport incorporates impressive agility and obedience training alongside choreography, costume and music.

Working alongside participants and their dogs in the lead up to this performance, Reynolds sets up a micro arena to present a meta spectacle; offering a sensitive exploration of the motives behind this peculiar but ultimately heartfelt pursuit. In a glittering display of anthropomorphism, Reynolds’ work highlights the intimate and instinctive connection between humans and dogs while delighting in the absurdity and the spectacle of this niche art form.

Kirsty Macafee
Fergus Maling

Canine Choreography has been assisted by Testing Grounds, Creative Victoria and the Australian Government through Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.