Testing & Celebrating the Social Animal by Jane Howard, RealTime issue #109 June 26 2012
“My journey started by being taken across the Yarra on a rowboat by Dan Koop. The work asks the audience to give as much of themselves to the work as they hope to get out of it, and Koop plays wonderfully with the balance of pushing past barriers without causing discomfort.
Continuing my journey to the stream and then onto the bridge, my relationship with each of the artists and with the river seemed to follow a logical growth— from the deeply personal conversation with Koop to learning about the river from Jamie Lewis, to a dialogue-less communication on the bridge powered through body language, headphones and handwritten notes.”
BY ANDY FIELD, Exuent Magazine, 1 June 2012
“in Dan Koop’s The Stream / The Boat / The Shore / The Bridge I moved gently back and forth across Melbourne’s river, The Yarra, delicately unpicking its influence on the city as a place of fluidity and change; of endings and beginnings.”
artsHub review by Richard Watts, 25 May 2012
“The Stream / The Boat / The Shore / The Bridge is a remarkable, life-affirming and engaging work that brings a smile to one’s face many hours after the work itself is over. It is, without doubt, a highlight of the 2012 Next Wave Festival, and comes highly recommended.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5”
Next Wave Pegboard, 24 May 2012:
Review by Jane Howard AKA No Plain Jane
“From a little booth on the Southbank Wharf usually home to river cruises, I took a different kind of tour of the Yarra. For four people at a time, those who explore The Stream/The Boat/The Shore/The Bridge have journeys that are similar and connected, but separate and personal. To talk about it too much is to give away its secrets and surprises, but you might learn some more about the river, how to leave troubles behind, how a city is made, and how to take an unexpected chance on yourself and on others. I left feeling joyed, hopeful, centred and connected.”
Three Thousand review by Toby Fehily, 20 May 2012
“You’ll show up at Southbank along with three others. Each of you will be sent off to one of four performance sites along the Yarra River to do fun things before moving along to the next point to do more fun things: all sorts of fun things to do with looking, listening, touching, talking, thinking and playing.”
Front Row Seats On The Yarra by Paul Best, The Age, 16 May 2012
“”I’m trying to give a familiar landmark a new perspective,” Koop says, wondering aloud how many of us have crossed our famously murky waterway in an inflatable craft. ”While a lot of Melbourne will cross the river and experience these sites, quite often it’s something you’ll skirt over really quickly.
”By spending time and lingering at these sites, we’re really hoping to expand upon what these things can mean. But also what we’re doing is getting people to linger and spend time with themselves.””