Picnic - KAGE

PICNIC. Part nightmare, part time capsule, part gift.  A surreal physical poem.

Combining KAGE’s signature style of dance and humour, Marieke Hardy’s witty script and original electronic music by Alisdair Macindoe, PICNIC is a new solo dance theatre work by KAGE Creative Director Gerard Van Dyck.

PICNIC uses the great Australian tradition of ‘picnicking’ as an analogy for happiness and addresses themes of isolation, innocence and creativity. Gerard's onstage persona challenges the role of an artist in society by cleverly leaping between childlike regression and adult responsibility.

Gerard is both dancer and storyteller in this intelligent, cross-disciplinary and highly accessible work. PICNIC combines whimsical anecdotes with nuanced and athletic choreography to present an absurd meditation on the importance of creativity.

Check out a video of the work here.

"Like a Michael Leunig cartoon, mysterious and pregnant with invisible meaning." The Australian

"Van Dyck is a beautiful expressive lyrical dancer.  His work is joyful, nimble, agile, and has a sense of weightlessness." Stage Whispers

On The Road


March 1 - Sacred Heart Girls' College

March 2 - Yarram Secondary College

March 4 - Caufield Grammar

March 8 - Manangatang P-12 College 

March 9 - Wedderburn College

March 10 - Geelong Performing Arts Centre (Auslan interpreted show)

March 11 - Sacred Heart College, Kyneton

March 16 - Bendigo South East College

March 17 - Ararat Performing Arts Centre


Years 7 -12 (VCE)


60 mins with Q & A

Optional Workshops: Tailored to individual school needs


Base rate $ 1170 + GST for up to 130 students LESS Eligible Subsidy Additional students $9 each

AusVELS Links: The Arts, English, Health and Physical Education, Technologies - Digital

VCE Links: Drama, Dance (VCE, VET), Theatre Studies, Ethics

General Capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability

Artforms: Dance, Drama, Media

Key Themes: Isolation, Innocence, Creativity, chaos, Use of technology 

Images Jeff Busby

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PICNIC. Part nightmare, part time capsule, part gift. A surreal physical poem.

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Metro: 29th Feb 2016 to 18th Mar 2016
Regional: 29th Feb 2016 to 18th Mar 2016

Duration: 60 mins with Q & A
Artforms: Dance, New Media, Drama
Minimum fee: Base rate $1170 + GST for up to 130 students LESS Eligible Subsidy Additional students $9 each
Suitability: Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12
Term: Term 1
Maximum Student Attendance: 300
Booking info: Technical Requirements: Audience sitting front-on to stage. Darkened room.