arts-houseaus-councilausdancecomcreative-vicdancehousedmfacebookmalthousetwitteryarra

Re-Viewing Expectations

What I had hoped to do here was to write a ‘response’, to write something that extended out from the works I saw. To write something that was more than just what I thought of the show. And darn it, I didn’t. Instead I wrote some kind of review – something that I feel completely […]

Read More

The approach implicated the material of others and others as material

The approach implicated the material of others and others as material (A text work resulting from direct editing/masking of existing festival promotional material)   Helen Grogan is an artist exhibiting within visual art contexts. As an extension of her experience and research within cross-contextual frames, Grogan also undertakes curatorial and research projects. Her practice encompasses installation, […]

Read More

Untitled

I wonder where a work goes? Down the path, down soon to be memory lane. Or, not at all. Remembering has been the hardest part of writing about works in Dance Massive. I need that crumb in my peppermint tisane. I have the memory of a feeling for so many pieces I saw, but so […]

Read More

Pivoting youth: SPACEPROJECT, Prue Lang

Use of theory is tricky. It can subject a creative work to a kind of distancing that it struggles to ever recover from. We move away, zone out, become distant and these cracks become breaks. It brings attention to the context or space of a performance and the use of mediums. SPACEPROJECT shows cogs. Dancers […]

Read More

The larrikin and the homestead

I have been trying to think this through for weeks. I have tried various configurations, combinations, trajectories, reductions and expansions and all appear to hit a wall of how incapable they are in reflecting the qualities I feel in Rosalind Crisp’s work. I met with Crisp, attended a rehearsal and performance. In an attempt to […]

Read More

Falling Man : Tim Darbyshire’s Stampede the Stampede

It was not a street anymore but a world, a time and space of falling ash and near night. The first page of Don DeLillo’s novel ‘Falling Man’ captures the immediate landscape of the 9/11 attacks. The roar was still in the air, the buckling rumble of the fall. This was the world now. Smoke […]

Read More

Body of Work, Atlanta Eke

Atlanta Eke stands and welcomes the audience as we enter the theatre. She doesn’t demand our attention but she is ready to connect if we acknowledge the offer, and she smiles. She is our host. Two vertical film screens are placed on stage, both with projections of a live-feed video of the audience. The audience […]

Read More

Kingdom, a manifesto

Bare and basic Four men Four people I know in varying degrees Three generations Bodies and choreographers Nudity Male touch Male company Male dancing Community Yes to head furniture Yes to silence Yes to relationship, smear and blend Yes to the king Yes to spectacle Do the obvious and Make a scene. Acknowledge why you’re […]

Read More

A glorious multiplicity of detail

So, a few weeks ago I mentioned to my Father that I had been invited to participate in the writers workshop for Dance Massive 2015. Dad, notoriously a bit contrary, immediately responded with interrogation: “Why are you writing? What’s the purpose? Who’s it for?” (Subtext: What’s the value in writing about dance?) While not a […]

Read More

Motion Picture, Lucy Guerin Inc.

“He sounded deep, dark and mysterious and quite agitated about something.” (Outside in the city, at night, briefly. Opening credits begin. Extended tracking shot. A man marches purposefully into the San Francisco Police Department. I follow the back of his suited form. A disinterested Police Office leaning against a column directs him down a second […]

Read More

Body of Work, Atlanta Eke

I walk up the aisle towards a monster/robot/animated couch at the top of the stairs, double-take, before finding myself a seat. This is its world; we are her guest. A sold out final performance; anticipation is rife among the converted, and the curious. The monster/robot/animated couch descends onto the stage before taking leave of her […]

Read More

We are all made queer…

We are all made queer… Kingdom Men.Build.Details.Busy.Weight.Masc.Fetish.Muscle.World.Line.Fuck.Man.Concentration.Heaving.Solid.Do.Accuracy.Attention. Homo.Intense.Task.Man.Resolute.Singular.Mind.Determined.One.All.Phallic.Mine.Repeat.Him.Potent… When building destruction, be precise with your kinks and keep trying. Repetition is a hopeful act in itself, so carry on. Maybe it will be different this time? Maybe you can change. It’s pointing up, so optimistic Kingdom Think.Unison.Meaning.Try.Attempt.Babel.Say.Sing.Read.Flutter.Mantle.Poof.Flicker.Said.Spoken.Song.Word.Speak.Choke. Mutter.Play.Gag.Dance.Agree.Ceremony.Harmony.Liturgy.Truth.Fictions.Lineage.Qwerty.Always.Failure… Speak now, or forever… Meaning’s severed from […]

Read More

Confusion for Three, Jo Lloyd

Limbs limbs flailing thrown direction changed and landed rhythmic discovery bolt hair tossed back fleshy chance repeated and dive down sex breath of new hit hit topless look around argh help me grabbed bag of bones point on a pin head specific point hips everything’s in a circle unexpected hand plant in or out waiting […]

Read More

The Boom Project in 500 Words

In the darkness of a large, open warehouse space, two performers await their audience – crouched and introspective. In the adjoining space, on the other side of glass windows, is old furniture cloaked in darkness. Waiting. From this moment even to breathe is a self-conscious act. Irregular. Attention is heightened. The performers appear insubstantial. They […]

Read More

The Icarus Complex

Bright lights. White light. 2 bodies work. Maximum created a pace. Minimal and discrete, yet dramatic as an overexposed drop zone. The range and diagrams of the performers crossing the square floor created Sol Lewitt-Xavier Le Roy (Project) diagramming. Like the breathing rhythm someone employs when running a long distance, the pace built and backed […]

Read More

BODY OF WORK, Atlanta Eke

Let me begin with a disclaimer of sorts, so that before you read my words you can understand how I feel as I write them. Atlanta Eke’s Body of Work was truly magnificent, utterly terrifying, beautiful and intelligent. It electrified me. As I approach writing a response, giving only a few words back to this […]

Read More

Stampede the Stampede, Tim Darbyshire

Much of Stampede the Stampede occurs external to the body. The movement of the body, or the body itself, propelled, pushed, punished by machine or prop. Or it exists in a shadow projected in pulses by strobe lights on a sheet. In the final scene, it is spun by a human sized turntable upon a […]

Read More

OVERWORLD: Re-imagining, re-organisation: saturation as process and desire as order

What struck me most about OVERWORLD, through the messy and saturated assembly of thought, action and power, was the generation of a new kind of spectatorship. In an episodic-like re-organisation of pop culture, contemporary media and spirituality, OVERWORLD formed a new social ritual. Choreographers Rebecca Jensen and Sarah Aiken created a mobilising and generative structure […]

Read More

On Depth of Field / Chunky Move / Dance Massive 2015

The moment you receive your earphones the spell of potential is cast – will it pay off? The moment you receive a rain poncho and you take your seat next to a stranger and have a conversation with that stranger about the likelihood of rain, and you and the stranger check that you are both […]

Read More

Body extremes – Maximum, Natalie Abbot

Watching two: two together, two apart, two in-sync, two wildly disparate.   Two bodies, male and female, body-builder and dancer, stocky and lithe, strong and slender. Two entirely different expressions of the same set of instructions. Two entities bound – and emancipated – by the individual body’s facility. Two faces dripping with sweat, set with […]

Read More

Start/Finish: Shelley Lasica’s Solos for Other People

When the work started: Shelley once told me that “there is this idea that the body doesn’t lie. It can. It does”. She also told me once that choreography is about “learning the difference between things”. I feel like both of these two things were evident in her choreographer’s note, trying to occupy the space […]

Read More

Catalogue, Rawcus

Like an artist’s catalogue Like a descriptive essay Synonymous for library database Why is it a catalogue and not a database? Are they the same thing? Certainly about people, or at least, small details of people. Like not even specific things like “how many people are in your family” (maybe just in that listing scene?) […]

Read More

What we see in the half-light – Depth of Field, Chunky Move

Seated in a purpose-built grandstand in the formally exposed thoroughfare of Chunky Move and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art’s forecourt, I waited. From this position, squinting into the sun, I was presented with a brilliant urban stage set. I pondered what I might have missed in a space I have only ever moved through […]

Read More

To Write: Dance Massive Writers Workshop

This year, Dance Massive will host a pilot writers’ workshop that seeks to grow the number of people writing on dance in Australia. The workshop will bring together established dance writers who collectively demonstrate a range of approaches to writing with participants interested to develop their critical voice and/or writing skills on dance. The one-day […]

Read More