It’s a Jungle Out There

2009 – 2010

Martin del Amo explores the modern city as an ever-changing organism. Darkly funny and often surreal, the work distils the complexity of the urban experience into a multi-layered performative fabric made of dance, story telling and electronic sound design.

Photo: Heidrun Löhr
Inspired by a quote from US author Tom Wolfe who once called the modern city ‘a billion-footed beast’ – wild, bizarre and unpredictable – It’s a Jungle Out There puts the city at the heart of its exploration. It investigates it as an ever-changing organism, examining its anatomy, mapping it and relating the results to the body. The city is as much the choreographic source material for this work as it is its thematic target.

Physicalising the city’s all-pervasive disjointedness, It’s a Jungle Out There contrasts the rigidity of urban architecture and the formality of the street grid with the vibrancy and chaos that pulsates within it. Physical relentlessness caused by sensory over-stimulation alternates with personal stories of life in the city and moments of a gentle, poetic, even sensual nature.

The work is set to an experimental electronic sound score composed and played live by sound artist Gail Priest.

Concept, choreography & performance Martin del Amo
Composer & live sound Gail Priest
 Paul Matthews
Lighting Travis Hodgson

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts 18 – 20 March 2010
Dancehouse, Melbourne 12 – 13 March 2010
Performance Space, Sydney 10 – 13 February 2010
Campbelltown Arts Centre (premiere) 25 – 27 June 2009

Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald, June 2009
Pauline Manley, RealTime, Aug-Sep 2009

The Age, March 2010
Australian Stage, March 2010

The West Australian, March 2010