Concrete Impermanence by alison currie

It was exciting to see this in print this week! 'Concrete Impermanence' my current choreographic project and next major work is now on sale as part of the 2018 season at the Adelaide Festival Centre. https://www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/events/concrete-impermanence/

Image credit Rodeo                     Photo Jessie McKinlay                      Dancer Jessie Oshodi

Image credit Rodeo                     Photo Jessie McKinlay                      Dancer Jessie Oshodi

Huge thanks to everyone involved so far. 

Choreographer and director: Alison Currie

Creative Assistant: Carlie Angel

Dancers: Jessie Oshodi, Lewis Rankin and Stephen Sheehan

Creative Producer: Jason Cross

Sound: Alisdair Macindoe

Lighting Design: Matthew Ade

Set consultation: Stephen Hayter

Design consultation: Morag Cook

Technical sound support: Sascha Budimski

Objects: molo

Produced: Insite Arts

Supported by: LWDance Hub, Arts SA, Australia Council for the Arts

I Can Relate - 3D Online by alison currie

'I Can Relate' opens today at LIGHT MOVES festival of screendance in Limerick, Ireland.

When you view it in the gallery you can change your relationship to the screen to see the various ways the sculpture captures and distorts the video.  Kaboom Studios aka Jason Lam and Adam Synnott with help from Brad Williams have created a online 3D version of the work where you can do the same... You can have a look and a play here:
i-can-relate.s3-website-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com

'I Can Relate' was originally commissioned by Carriageworks for 24 Frames Per Second a major exhibition of 24 commissioned screen-based works by 18 Australian and six international artists. More information about 'I Can Relate' can be found here http://www.alisoncurrie.com/icanrelate/

Sisyphean Action at SUE by alison currie

Image credit Sam Roberts 

Image credit Sam Roberts 

On the 21st of October 2017 I performed 'Sisyphean Action' on O'Sullivan Beach, South Australia as part of  SUE - Series of Unexpected Events curated by Paul Gazzola for the Onkaparinga City Council  and OSCA.

Image credit Sam Roberts

Image credit Sam Roberts

We had 30ºC the previous weekend so had planned for a sunny day with a friendly dog walking audience and some beautiful sunset images. The reality was a lot colder 11ºC and more overcast.

Image credit Sam Roberts 

Image credit Sam Roberts 

 I had some dedicated audience members and some more transient walking audience. Perhaps due to the fact that they were walking quickly past in the cold, I soon realised that in order for my actions to be noticed I needed to perform for longer so chose to work with all four of the rocks at each performance - I had initially planned to increase the rock size throughout the day and only perform with each rock once, so it ended up being a very gruelling day.. see relief below post final rock lift! 

Image credit Sam Roberts

Image credit Sam Roberts

SUE - Series of Unexpected Events by alison currie

This week SUE - Series of Unexpected Events, curated by Paul Gazzola, opened in the Onkaparinga City Council. It runs from 14th-31st October throughout the Onkaparinga area. 

This weekend I was performing alongside David Cross and Heidi Kenyon, David Cross's work 'Trio'. 

David Cross' 'Trio' at Port Norlunga Jetty

David Cross' 'Trio' at Port Norlunga Jetty

Tuesday 17th and Tuesday 24th of October I will perform Sara Morawetz's work 'Survey' alongside Carlie Angel. 

Sara Morawetz's 'Survey' at opening night

Sara Morawetz's 'Survey' at opening night

Saturday 21st of October I will perform my own work 'Sisyphean Action' on O'Sullivan beach near the boat ramp at 7am, 11am, 3pm and 7.15pm

Sisyphean Action - Alison Currie 

Sisyphean Action - Alison Currie 

Some more information about SUE 

SUE – SERIES OF UNEXPECTED EVENTS

Commissioned by the City of Onkaparinga

13 – 31st October 2017

Week one schedule pdf

SUE is a creative festival of performance based interventions. SUE explores how innovative art events within outer suburban locations, spaces not normally associated with contemporary arts practice, can produce fleeting moments of difference, interest and intrigue to daily routines.

SUE explores the curatorial themes of the unexpected, wonder and play to open-up a fluid and playful space for artistic strategies that can surprise, startle and astonish the public through uncommon and extraordinary activities. SUE gathers a group of artists whose practices employ performative, installation & time based outcomes, strategies not normally represented within the City of Onkaparinga public art framework, to create a suite of unexpected interventions across 20 selected sites.

Whist the City of Onkaparinga has recently seen a dramatic increase in the creation of permanent public art works, SUE recognises how the temporality of unexpected performance based interventions can add another creative dimension to public art strategies that explore and celebrate the diversity of culture, community, geography, history and land in the area.

SUE will take place across the 5 wards of the City of Onkaparinga and include the creation of 10 new works by established local and national Australian artists. The diversity of sites will offer the artists and curator alike a fertile space for experimentation and innovation within form, practice and content.

PARTICIPATING SUE ARTISTS: Carlie Angel, Valerie Berry, David Cross, Alison Currie, Nadia Cusimano, James Dodd, Ruby Dolman, Sara Morawetz, Tobiah Booth-Remmers, Henry Jock Walker and Meg Wilson.

Creatures with The Human Arts Movement by alison currie

The Human Arts Movement is an Adelaide-based contemporary dance training and performance collective. I have been working with them throughout the month of September with the following dancers as seen in the image below: Cazna Brass, Rita Bush, Cayleigh Davies, Petra Szabo, Georgia Timperon, Peter Vayne, Kendal Winton, Greta Wyatt.  

The Human Arts Movement - 'Creatures' rehearsal 

The Human Arts Movement - 'Creatures' rehearsal 

Through collaborative task based making, improvisation and taught choreography we have created a short work which will be shown at a work in progress showing on Monday 25th September at Restless Dance Theatre. 

It is rare to work with eight dancers as an independent choreographer in Australia and so all of the ideas I had wanted to explore with a larger group have come up in this process. We began working with patterns and rhythms and with my interest in gradation and the gradual change from one movement to the next.  

The Human Arts Movement - 'Creatures' rehearsal 

The Human Arts Movement - 'Creatures' rehearsal 

The working title 'Creatures' came in part from attempting to fit in the smallest floor space with the dancers and various creature like images which emerged from that point; cell division, evolution, flocks and packs etc. 

An approach to the composition of particular moments in 'Creatures' was taken from a work 'THE MAIN EVENT' that Solon Ulbrich and I co-directed at Adelaide College of the Arts in 2009. 

This work is supported by The Helpmann Academy and Restless Dance Theatre

I Can Relate at Light Moves Festival Ireland by alison currie

The Light Moves 2017 festival is on 31 October - 5 November in Limerick. The program was launched the other night and some of the 24 Frames Per Second films will screen including 'I Can Relate' which I made with Rodeo - Tobin Lush and Sam Chisholm, Carlie Angel, Jason Cross, Alisdair Macindoe, Stephen Hayter , Gemma Stocks and Insite Arts for Carriageworks. Light Moves are even making a new screen for the occasion! Wish I could see it. http://www.lightmoves.ie/

I Can Relate - Image credit Rodeo 

I Can Relate - Image credit Rodeo 

Adhocracy 2017 by alison currie

Last weekend Alisdair Macindoe, Lewis Rankin and I had an amazing four day development as part of Adhocracy 2017 at Vitalstatistix. The focused atmosphere of Adhocracy (where several groups of artists from across the country come together to work, share and discuss ideas) provided a perfect space for us to experiment with the early stages of this new Idea. Alisdair Macindoe and I have collaborated across several projects over the last 10 years, yet this was our first time Co-directing a work. The working title is Solo for (Hu)man and Foam and we are certain that we would like to keep developing this work with Lewis Rankin, though we are less certain about the title.

Making a very productive mess with Lewis Rankin ^

Making a very productive mess with Lewis Rankin ^

"This new dance work (in progress) uses the materiality of the waste product Styrofoam to explore the fragility of the human – in performance and in the biosphere. At its most frivolous Solo for (Hu)man and Foam is a playful dance experiment; at its deepest it reflects the possibilities and limits to individual change in the face of environmental disaster." - This was the marketing text for our project at Adhocracy and remains quite accurate. -http://vitalstatistix.com.au/residencies/solo-for-human-and-foam/

Air and foam, black and white with Alisdair Macindoe ^

Air and foam, black and white with Alisdair Macindoe ^

FRAN Festival by alison currie

FRAN Festival is happening in Adelaide at the moment. FRAN stands for the Feminism Renewal Art Network and as well as being an exciting female focused festival, marks a significant anniversary -  "Forty years ago Adelaide was host to one of the largest Australia-wide exhibitions of women’s art, The Women’s Show of 1977. The Women’s Show exhibited over 400 works, and included the work of established and emerging artists as well as those who had been overlooked, lacking institutional and commercial support." Read more about the festival here

As part of the festival there was a call out for posters made in response to "What it means to be a woman today, what contemporary issues/parallels with the past effect you?" this was my contribution: 

FRAN Fest Poster by Alison Currie

SALA Festival by alison currie

The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is held each year in August. I realised this year that I have performed in SALA Festivals fairly consistently since 2005. Other than realising my age I felt quite proud (?) or amazed or something to realise I have been treading the boards as a dancer and choreographer at this festival for the last 12 years! 

Here is an image from the most recent and the least recent performances: 

'Sisyphean Action' at 'Soft Spot, Hart Feelings' Holy Rollers Studio - curated by Ray Harris -   SALA Festival 2017

'Sisyphean Action' at 'Soft Spot, Hart Feelings' Holy Rollers Studio - curated by Ray Harris -   SALA Festival 2017

'Calling out around the world' - Avalon Gallery SALA Festival 2005

'Calling out around the world' - Avalon Gallery SALA Festival 2005

Drawn to the City - Leo Greenfield by alison currie

Recently Leo Greenfield wrote about and painted a portrait of my sister and long term collaborator Bridget Currie and me in he Adelaide Review. You can read the article here . It was lovely to meet Leo for lunch and to talk art and life. You can see more of Leo's work here

The Artists - Leo Greenfield

The Artists - Leo Greenfield