'Some of the most brilliantly imaginative, humorous, touching theatre I have seen this year (...) they touch, glancingly, on subjects such as sexuality, nationalism, sex, feminism, loneliness and grief. This isn’t modern dance. If anything, it is a modernist novel, in dance. But it is infinitely more interesting than either genre (or that description) would lead you to believe., ★★★★★ THE TIMES
'in just 50 minutes, it leads its audience deep into the stuff of human identity, using movement and dialogue to discuss family and origins, nationality and gender, happiness, sadness and the way we express ourselves.' ★★★★ THE SCOTSMAN
'Both performers chat to us about themselves, their personal history, their likes and dislikes, with an affable honesty that is utterly engaging – but the real charm of their disclosures is where it takes young audiences in terms of thinking about how we all define ourselves, and how we make judgements about others based on appearances. There is a sophisticated, caringly-detailed process underpinning this generous-hearted show.' ★★★★ THE HERALD
'as with all successful shows created for young audiences, there is enough nuance in the work that there is something thought-provoking for an eight year old, as well as for those many decades older.' ★★★★ SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Chalk About was born out of interviews with children about the things that count in life, and it grew up to be an internationally acclaimed production touring worldwide. This show for two performers settled somewhere between dance and a theater performance and turns the stage into a gigantic chalkboard to explores the nature of identity. It asks some of the big questions: What makes us who we are? Is it where we are from? How we talk? Our gender? Our pasts or our futures? 'Chalk About' is a compact, life-affirming manifesto about the diversity of human existence.
The production evolved from a co-operation between the choreographers Leandro Kees (DE) and Christine Devaney (UK) and it was later produced in two versions with different casts and in different languages. 'Chalk About' has been performed more than 200 times for over 10,000 people in 15 countries including prestigious venues and festivals such as the New Zealand International Festival, Sadler’s Wells (London) and Sydney Opera House.