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Nothing But Bones in the Way

Year: 2019, 37 mins
Code: HIP-Nothing

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Nothing But Bones in the Way is a documentary chronicling the shared dance practice between dance and video artist Dianne Reid with Melinda Smith, a dancer living with cerebral palsy.

The documentary celebrates Melinda and Dianne’s unique artistic relationship and friendship through their mutual love of dance. Dancing together for several years, their collaboration has transformed their way of being, living and communicating. 

Nothing But Bones in the Way was originally a title for an improvised performance. Footage of that performance has been included as well as archival video of the dancers’ studio practice.


Dianne Reid is an independent performer, choreographer, camera operator, video editor and educator. She was a founding member of Outlet Dance in Adelaide (1987–89) and a member of Danceworks from 1990–95. Dianne completed a Master of Arts in Dance on Screen in 2001 and has lectured in contemporary dance and dance video at Deakin University since 1996.

From 2004-2006 she was Artistic Director of Dancehouse before receiving an Asialink Performing Arts residency to India in 2006 at Darpana Academy of Performing Arts. Since 1993 she has created close over 40 screendance works, many of which have screened internationally.

In 2012 Dianne received a Best Dance nomination for her solo work “Dance Interrogations” at the Adelaide Fringe. She also toured the solo work to the Edinburgh Fringe, and as a duet with Melinda Smith (a dancer with disability) at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, and at the inaugural Salamanca Moves contemporary dance festival in Hobart, Tasmania, where it won the A.W.A.R.D. show to return in 2017 as part of the Ten Days on the Island Festival. 

Dianne recently completed a PhD in screendance and performance improvisation.

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