'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:

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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:

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.

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' 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

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.

I Can Relate - Image credit Rodeo 

I Can Relate - Image credit Rodeo 

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