Permanence

Current Projects, Dance, Theatre

Much like my research this is another project that has been on the simmer for the better part of the year but has taken a while to be documented on here.

It’s a theatre/dance work made by theatre maker Samara Hersch and choreographer Gabby Rose, in collaboration with members of the Access Inc. performing arts group, and associate artists Caley O’Neill, Josh Ryan, Kyle Baxter and myself.

The themes of the work have been inspired by a couple of short stories by Peter Carey and other, mostly visual materials (Samara and Gabby do a much better job of explaining it than I, I’ll keep description to a minimum). The content has been developed by the makers and performers during much of 2010. Broadly speaking it’s about love, insecurity, and disappearing.

Access Inc. is an organisation which works to enrich the lives of Jewish people with disabilities; the members of Access working on Permanence have been inspiring to work with.

Permanence will be presented at Dancehouse in the week beginning October 4, 2010.

More details about the show will be provided closer to the season.

The Small Things

Current Projects, Dance
Current Projects
The Small Things
The Small Things is a project currently involving myself and dancer/choreographers Caley O’Neill and Gabby Rose which focusses on work which explores the nexus of movement and sound-making performance, and on intimacy as an integral part of performer/viewer experience.
We’re currently working on the show ‘2’, which is about dialogue, between people, between performers and audiences, between media.

The Small Things is a project currently involving myself and dancer/choreographers Caley O’Neill and Gabby Rose which focusses on work which explores the nexus of movement and sound-making performance, and on intimacy as an integral part of performer/viewer experience.

We’re currently working on the show ‘2’, which is about dialogue, between people, between performers and audiences, between media.

The following text is from a draft proposal for the ‘2’ project.

The Small Things Collective is a group of artists interested in exploring the areas between existing art and performance disciplines. We are currently focusing on the relationship between sound and movement and the often unnoticed points at which one form takes on properties of the other, where dance becomes sound-making, where musical performance becomes kinetic. Themes we often work from are: the intricate, the delicate, the intimate, the unseen, the habitual, and perceived patterns in human behavior and the world at large. We are committed to the idea of creating unique audience experiences, and in the works we have collaborated on in the past we have done this by constructing immersive environments, shaping performance and space with a sculptural eye.

2 (working title)

In this production we are exploring the spaces between sound and the performing body, between performer and viewer. It will take the form of a duet between dancer and musician, exploiting both bodies as sound sources, kinetic entities, and sculptural objects. The performances will be intimate and audience numbers will be constrained to less than a dozen at a time to encourage direct engagement between each viewer, the performers and the space/environment.

Preliminary showing of movement/sound piece ‘2’ 22nd October 2009

Current Projects, Dance
Small Things Collective
Preliminary Showing
Hybrid Space, VCAM
Preliminary showing of movement/sound piece ‘2’

2 bodies in space, 2 sources of sound, 2 personalities in dialogue.

Small Things Collective

Preliminary Showing

Thursday October 22, 4:30pm

Hybrid Space, VCAM

Preliminary showing of the piece ‘2’, which starts from the assumption that a dancer can’t move without making sound, just as a musician can’t make sound without moving, and aims to explore the performative space between sound and dance, and the physical space between performer and viewer. This the latest collaboration between composer Camille Robinson and choreographer Caley O’Neill, and is the most ‘collaborative’ to date, placing the two modes of performance on an even level, and even exchanging the role of sound-maker and mover between the trained and the untrained.

Performers: Caley O’Neill and Camille Robinson

Directed by: Gabby Rose, Caley O’Neill and Camille Robinson