Prelude in Blue Jumper offers a re-framing of and rumination on Chopin’s Prelude in E minor Op.28 no.4. By Chopin’s request, it was this prelude that was played at his own funeral and has been interpreted by some as capturing a deep sense of despair. Prelude in Blue jumper is both serious and absurd, illuminating just how close and intertwined the human emotions of sadness and joy can be.
Private Dances II (Northcote Town Hall, Nat Cursio Co. Melbourne) 2013
“…several performances left their steely imprint. We walked into the still chamber, having been instructed to stand anywhere, and leave whenever you feel like it. Easier said than done, for the floor was covered in skittles, some trodden on, a part squished confectionary carpet. We lined the walls, anticipating some spectacle. The lovely, hypnotic, measured “Prelude in Blue Jumper” began. The dancer and creator, Fiona Bryant, had the air of a Jane Campion heroine, with neurotic feints at movement, as though antagonising the space, going against the natural laws of a piano in a room: she draped over the piano stool, sat atop the piano, the soft bend of her neck revealing the dancer in her, and then a pair of scissors lifted as though in a dark and lucid dream. . .skittles!”
Penelope Ford, Fjord Review