Female dance bodies onstage: are we seeing a revolution?

Is the work of one of Europe’s most of-the-moment choreographers shifting expectations of female bodies on stage?

To say that Austrian choreographer Florentina Holzinger is an artist poised at the cutting edge of contemporary dance world would be a misleading statement.

Given her penchant for body mutilation and deathly aerial flights on stage, it’s more accurate to say she’s not poised, but dangling by her teeth from a rope above our heads.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).