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.
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.
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.
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/
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
Produced: Insite Arts
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.
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 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.