contemporary dance

"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 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 

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

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

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