Rule of Thirds (2016)

A powerful and intricate piece, Rule of Thirds is a highly physical performance that celebrates perseverance, audacity and the ongoing desire to reinvent ourselves. The dancers test and alter a strong force field they have set up amongst each other, gradually deconstructing and dismantling the movement score. All players are needed, but who is eventually in charge? Rule of Thirds promises, and delivers, guts, virtuosity and focused abandon.


Rule of Thirds is the third part in the Embodiment series, initiated by Anouk van Dijk in 2013, a trilogy of interventions between dancers, a movement score and a chosen site. The movement score is malleable and deliberately deconstructed, dismantled and stretched on each new site, affecting the performance, the meaning and the intensity of the work. After the vastness of Depth of Field (2015) and the dramatic architecture of 1:1:1 (2013), Rule of Thirds moves into the illusion and intimacy of the theatre space.


“Pure, abstract movement, but movement with strong emotion… Stunning cast of performers”. The Age (about Depth of Field, 2015)


Concept, Choreography & Direction
Anouk van Dijk
James Vu Anh Pham, Niharika Senapati, Tara Jade Samaya and Luigi Vescio
Lighting design
Ben Cobham – Bluebottle
Sound design
Jethro Woodward
Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm, The Bug, FM3, Ben Frost, Peter Knight, Christiaan Virant
Costume Design
Chloe Greaves
Production Manager
Michael Carr
Technical Operator
Blair Hart

Images: Pippa Samaya