It has been a lovely way to end the year! We have had a chance to touch on a few ideas which will be expanded further by the next work in progress showing at Vitalstatistix in April 2019.
It was an interesting, sometimes painful and ultimately greatly rewarding challenge to perform in 'Concrete Impermanence' at The Substation in Newport, Victoria. Luckily Harrison Ritchie-Jones was brilliant to work with learning Lewis Rankin's role while he is touring with Gravity and Other Myths. It was nice to be on stage with Harrison and Stephen Sheehan and to have Carlie Angel assisting us from the outside. It was a lot of work, but great to know we were able to successfully re-stage it for a different shape and feeling venue. Thanks to Brad Spolding and Rob Sowinski at The Substation for supporting this, Alisdair Macindoe and Matthew Adey for adapting their sound and lighting designs for this space and Andre Vanderwert for operating. It was great to get positive feedback from deaf audience members about Jason Lam's visual representation of sound and wonderful to present work in Naarm / Melbourne for the first time in 10 years! Thank you for the invitation Brad! And the ongoing support of Jason Cross and Insite Arts
Some images by Sam Roberts and link to a nice review by Grace Lowry below: https://melbournecritique.com.au/concrete-impermanence-2/
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.
"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/