Same, same But Different

Same, same But Different takes its inspiration from our enduring ability to keep on struggling for love.

Same, same But Different creates lasting imagery of various states of co-dependence, frustration, tenderness and humour, through a dexterous blend of film, dance and theatrical virtuosity.

Within a moving set of frames, the action is exposed and edited before the audience’s eyes. Live action interacts with life-sized film imagery evoking the multiplicity of thought within each character…their fleeting desires… their unfulfilled expectations.

Giant giraffes tangled in a mating ritual are background to a couple’s antagonistic counterbalance dance. A human race that runs in circles in a metaphor for our more desperate efforts to survive…and a marathon dance of repetition reveals nuances of intimacy that only exist through the stamina of emotional endurance.

Drawing inspiration from as diverse sources as the film They Shoot Horses Don’t They?, the Margaret Attwood short story titled Happy Endings and our own personal lives, the work uses movement/dance/physicality as its driving force.

Same, same But Different defies categorisation with the dancers that act, actors that move and film that lives and breathes through the flesh of the performers.

In 2002 Same, same But Different was awarded the Helpmann Award for Best Physical Theatre or Visual Performance and the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer (Roz Hervey).

Creative Team

Director Kate Champion
Designer (Set and Lighting) Geoff Cobham
Composer and Sound Designer Max Lyandvert
Film Maker Brigid Kitchin
Director’s Assistant Ingrid Voorendt
Associate Producer Karen Rodgers
Production Manager (Performing Lines) Martin Langthorne
Stage Manager Mary Macrae
Assistant Stage Mangers Anna Kosky, Bruce McKinvenz
Production Co-ordinator Mark Mitchell
Creative Development Consultant Victoria Spence

Performers

Arianthe Galani, Brian Harrison, Roz Hervey, Kirstie McCracken, Veronica Neave, Nathan Page, Shaun Parker, Byron Perry, Ben Winspear

Touring History

Sydney Festival 2002
Brisbane Festival 2002
Sydney Opera House 2002
Melbourne Festival 2002

This project was assisted by the confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals through the Major Festivals’ Initiative of the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body, Sydney Festival and Melbourne Festival.

Photo: Heidrun Löhr

Reviews

Same, same But Different

“Same, same But Different… (is) a rare success in blending words and movement, music and projected images to comment intimately and incisively on relationships by dovetailing the skills of dances and actors… (it) may turn out to be a benchmark for decades.”
Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald

“Absolutely engrossing… sit back and let this gossamer performance touch you lightly with is truth, and prepare to be enchanted.”
Alison Coates, The Courier-Mail

Photos: Heidrun Löhr