A Faint Existence

Created, choreographed and performed by Kristina Chan
Produced by Force Majeure

A Faint Existence is a powerful physical meditation on impermanence, fragility and mortality in the context of climate change. It explores our complex connection to the environment; our desire to make a change; and the feelings of helplessness that derail our best intentions.

Kristina Chan is one of Australia’s foremost independent dance artists – a dancer of great precision, intuition and exceptional physical virtuosity. Acclaimed composer James Brown has created an electronic live score that connects to the intricacies of Chan’s choreography in a shifting environment created by Claire Britton.

“A Faint Existence captures one of Australia’s most beguiling contemporary dancers at the peak of her abilities as a performer and the point of recognition of her formidable creative capacities” – Kate Champion

Creative Team

Creator, Choreographer and Performer Kristina Chan
Designer Clare Britton
Lighting Designer Benjamin Cisterne
Composer James Brown
Dramaturg Victoria Hunt

Touring History

Performance Space’s Liveworks Festival, 2016

Thank You

The creative development of A Faint Existence was supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts NSW, Force Majeure, Carriageworks, ArtsHouse (2014 CultureLAB program), Bundanon and Brand X.

Photo: Lucy Parakhina


A Faint Existence

“…Kristina Chan creates a frightening world through dance, design, music and her intellectual capacity to turn a vast and challenging subject into a thought-provoking theatrical experience…."
Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald Read More

“Chan, who is choreographer as well as dancer, has an ability to suspend time that is as exquisite as her phenomenal physical control. She understands the power of stillness and uses it potently.”
The Australian Read More

Photos: Ashley de Prazer