An exciting and innovative program of new and existing contemporary dance works by some of Australia's best choreographic talents. Including: Prue Lang, Natalie Abbott, Shelley Lasica, Atlanta Eke, Paula Lay and Sue Healey.
10 - 13 March
As architect and designer Frederick Kiesler pointed out in his manifesto for stage space that embraced three-dimensionality: "There is only one space element: motion." And if we map 'motion', it is against one axis representing space and one representing time. SPACEPROJECT is the investigation of movement through the perception of space. The work has at its heart the human body; the body as living receptor, measurer and generator of understandings of space and time.
Solos for Other People
13, 15, 20, 22 March
This work is built with ten solo dance pieces, made one-on-one, with dancers Shelley worked with in the past. This new work will explore the possibilities of languages and the transmission of ideas in choreography, and the particular relationship between one, the dancer and the audience and how this builds meaning. Solos for Other People will be presented at Carlton Baths in the basket ball stadium working with artists Anne-Marie May to create mise-en-scene and Milo Kossowski a music score to create an expansive environment to enjoy the multidimensional and sensory experience.
14 - 17 March
A dancer. A bodybuilder. Endurance. Durability.
MAXIMUM tests the boundaries between of the body through extreme physical endurance and exhaustion. Two highly trained performers sweat it out on stage, pushing themselves beyond exhaustion to reveal the full potential of the human body. With every tiny action repeated, intensified, the energy of the performance space is lifted, it is palpable, it is visceral. MAXIMUM takes a sharp look at these disparate forms of physicality, highlighting the ability of two diverse bodies to achieve unity through performance.
Body of Work
16 - 18 March
Atlanta's piece aims to operate as an allegory of how to be 'present'. To be in the 'here and now', is often to be corrupted by traditions from the past and strategies aiming at success in the future. The work explores the paradox of how the 'present' is a point of transition from the past to the future, as well as a place for the permanent rewriting of both past and future. It will do this through exploring the tension between a performance and the documentation of a performance, by making them one in the same.
10,000 small deaths
20 - 22 March
A cinematic solo dance performance exploring the poetics of the imagination through its embodied manifestations. In the smallest of ways the transience of the body and the tension of shifting between past, present and future is tracked.
Body and memory, a lifetime of collected impressions, habits and attitudes meet with inspiration drawn broadly from Dead Man by Jim Jarmusch, manga artist Takaya Miou, and more recently by the visual artist Wangechi Mutu.
On View: Quintet
20 - 22 March
A performance installation by Sue Healey concerned with the act of seeing and being seen, two intrinsic elements of the art form of dance. It presents video portraits of 7 diverse Australian dance artists: Martin del Amo (NSW), Shona Erskine (WA), Benjamin Hancock (VIC), Raghav Handa (NSW), Nalina Wait (NSW), Dame Lucette Aldous (WA) and Shirley McKechnie OAM (VIC), with live performances by 4 of the featured artists.
The work is shown as a 3 channel HD video installation that can be open to the public during day hours, with live performances scheduled within the installation at night.