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.
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.
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
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.
and more development of 'Concrete Impermanence' in the studio at Restless Dance Theatre and online, on the phone, in the lounge room, in my mind. So much still to do. Look out for the premier https://www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/events/concrete-impermanence/ in May 2018!!
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
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 http://www.alisoncurrie.com/icanrelate/
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.
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!
Tuesday 17th and Tuesday 24th of October I will perform Sara Morawetz's work 'Survey' alongside Carlie Angel.
Saturday 21st of October I will perform my own work 'Sisyphean Action' on O'Sullivan beach near the boat ramp at 7am, 11am, 3pm and 7.15pm
Some more information about SUE
SUE – SERIES OF UNEXPECTED EVENTS
Commissioned by the City of Onkaparinga
13 – 31st October 2017
SUE is a creative festival of performance based interventions. SUE explores how innovative art events within outer suburban locations, spaces not normally associated with contemporary arts practice, can produce fleeting moments of difference, interest and intrigue to daily routines.
SUE explores the curatorial themes of the unexpected, wonder and play to open-up a fluid and playful space for artistic strategies that can surprise, startle and astonish the public through uncommon and extraordinary activities. SUE gathers a group of artists whose practices employ performative, installation & time based outcomes, strategies not normally represented within the City of Onkaparinga public art framework, to create a suite of unexpected interventions across 20 selected sites.
Whist the City of Onkaparinga has recently seen a dramatic increase in the creation of permanent public art works, SUE recognises how the temporality of unexpected performance based interventions can add another creative dimension to public art strategies that explore and celebrate the diversity of culture, community, geography, history and land in the area.
SUE will take place across the 5 wards of the City of Onkaparinga and include the creation of 10 new works by established local and national Australian artists. The diversity of sites will offer the artists and curator alike a fertile space for experimentation and innovation within form, practice and content.
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.
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: