Alison Currie

"Concrete Impermanence is a Slow Burn" by alison currie

Lovely review by Paul Ransom from Dance Informa of our season at Dancehouse during Dance Massive

“What Currie has done with Concrete Impermanence is to channel the inexorable motion of things into the bodies of humans and the fibres of cardboard. All atoms. All in constant flux. All in the process of unbecoming. Yet, in the end, just when you think you’re in a world of quantum gravity, with curved space and all the rest of it, you are returned to the body. To the visceral experience of impermanence.

It’s here that Alisdair Macindoe’s exquisitely textured soundscape makes its mark, switching us from often icy intellectual plains to an almost heartbreaking fragility. Suddenly, it’s not a universe unravelling; it’s love, it’s everything we hold.”

https://dancemagazine.com.au/2019/03/alison-curries-concrete-impermanence-is-a-slow-burn/

Concrete Impermanence at Dance Massive by alison currie

In just a couple of weeks (17th and 18th March) Concrete Impermanence will be part of Dance Massive!
(Very exciting!!) It was lovely to speak with Paul Ransom from Dance Informa about the work-You can the full article here https://dancemagazine.com.au/2019/02/alison-currie-before-the-time-is-up/

Progress Report in Progress by alison currie

This week Alisdair Macindoe and I have been in the studio at LWDance Hub working on ‘Progress Report’ a new work we are co-directing / choreographing. This time we are joined by the incredible Kialea-Nadine Williams, Sascha Budimski and Meg Wilson.

Image credit Sam Roberts

Image credit Sam Roberts

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.

'A Vacant Space' at Artbank Sydney by alison currie

This week I will be performing at Artbank in Sydney. Eleanor Scicchitano has curated a new exhibition ‘A Vacant Space’. Bridget Currie’s work ‘Spooky action at a distance’ will be installed as part of the exhibition and I will perform the work we co-directed ‘Things meeting now’ with her forms for opening night Thursday 22nd November 6pm onward.

In rehearsals - Image credit Bridget Currie

In rehearsals - Image credit Bridget Currie

'Concrete Impermanence' at The Substation by alison currie

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/

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ConcreteImpermanence_byAlisonCurrie_ at TheSubstation_Aug2018_014 ac export .jpg

Creatures at the Adelaide Dance Festival by alison currie

Adelaide now has a dance festival and The Human Arts Movement and I will be presenting a new interpretation of 'Creatures' in response to Aldo Iacobelli's exhibition 'A Conversation with Jheronimus' currently viewable at the Samstag Museum of Art. By remaking 'Creatures' in response the the exhibition it is in conversation with a conversation and you can also join us after the performance for another conversation - between the artists. 

Image credit  Sam Roberts

Image credit Sam Roberts

The performance takes place 5:30pm Wednesday 11th July at the Samstag Museum of Art bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/alison-currie-creatures-tickets-45881988262

Concrete Impermanence World Premiere by alison currie

A conversation with Christchurch based presenter Adam Hayward in 2012 started my thinking and concept development of Concrete Impermanence. We had our first studio development in 2014 and the past four years have involved working with a talented team of artists each of whom has added to the strength of the project.

Image credit  Sam Roberts

Image credit Sam Roberts

For the past three weeks performers Amrita Hepi, Lewis Rankin and Stephen Sheehan, sound designer Alisdair Macindoe, lighting designer Matt Adey, creative assistant Carlie Angel, producer Jason Cross and I have been in residence at Restless Dance Theatre studios completing the work ready for premiere this week! 

It has been exciting, challenging and rewarding process to complete this work after four years of thinking, writing and working on it! We look forward premiering in Adelaide on the 17th and 18th of May. Another work I Can Relate is currently screening in the Space Theatre Foyer to coincide with the premiere of Concrete Impermanence at the Adelaide Festival Centre

Image credit  Sam Roberts   dancer  Amrita Hepi  objects  molo  

Image credit Sam Roberts  dancer Amrita Hepi objects molo 

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

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