Two Feet premiered as part of World Expo on Stage in Brisbane at the Cremorne Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre on 2 May 1988. A solo show created and directed by Meryl Tankard with visual design by Regis Lansac, it was and has only ever been performed by Tankard. Two Feet used two characters, Russian ballerina Olga Spessivtseva and Mepsie, a semi-autobiographical figure, to explore the idea that dance and dancers are plagued by obsessions as they strive to attain perfection. Tankard played both characters - two characters, yet only two feet.
Two Feet was subsequently given performances in Canberra during Tankard's term as artistic director of Meryl Tankard Company and it has also been seen in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Tankard also performed Two Feet in Tokyo in 1989 and New Zealand and Germany in 1994.
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This photograph shows Meryl Tankard with projected images of Olga Spessivtseva in a performance of 'Two Feet', 1993
This collection of papers covers various aspects of the career of Meryl Tankard from her time as a dancer with the Australian Ballet to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The collection includes material relating to Pina Bausch, the Meryl Tankard Company, Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre and to many works created by Tankard including Travelling Light, Echo Point, VX18504, Two Feet, The Deep End and Deeping Sea Dreaming. Formats include newspaper clippings, sketch books, photographs, programs and research notes.
This collection consists mainly of production files created by the Meryl Tankard Company between 1989 and 1992. It includes media releases, programs, production agreements, budgets and schedules, operational correspondence, cast notes, hand bills, cuttings and other printed material. Works covered include VX18504, Two Feet, Banshee, Echo Point, Nuti, Kikimora, Court of Flora, Circo and Chants de mariage. Other material concerns productions created by Tankard as a freelance artist. Description of the scope of the collection and a detailed contents list is also available at MS 9264 - Records of the Meryl Tankard Company
Tankard discusses her family background, dance training and career as a performer with the Australian Ballet and the Pina Bausch Wuppertal Tanztheater. She speaks about taking on the directorship of the Meryl Tankard Company in Canberra and discusses a number of works she choreographed for that company including Two Feet, VX18504, Banshee, Nuti and Kikimora.