Tag: Performance

A Continuous Self-Vibrating Region Of Intensities

Gail Priest

& Thomas Burless

By Audrey Pfister & Eleanor Zurowski — 13 December, 2019

We started writing this piece a month ago on the Gadigal land of the Eora Nation, in a week where over seventy fires burned across (so called) New South Wales. We would like to extend our gratitude and acknowledgement to the insects, animals, plant life, waters, people and bodies of knowledge that have cared for…

This Is So Contemporary:

an index

By John Citizen — 6 December, 2019

ARRIVALS & ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES On the way to the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) I pass three things: the New South Wales Police Force Wall of Remembrance; a Navy officer (walking to work); and, a bronze statue inscribed with the text ‘the offerings of war.’ BUILDINGS & BREAK-ROOMS Before…

The Eternal Opening

Mike Parr

By Fiona McGregor — 20 November, 2019

‘I am fascinated by dualisms, mirror images, blindness and invisibility, subject/object reversals, the roles of artist and audience and all my work, since my earliest performances of the 1970s exacerbates such tensions, as the deeper structure of both thought and image.’ Mike Parr, (January 1998)   Entering the space, you see a large rectangular installation…

I’ll Be Your Body Instrument

Chicks on Speed

By Neha Kale — 15 November, 2019

1.  A Saturday evening at Carriageworks. A trestle table topped with gin bottles. Friends huddle in neon jumpsuits. Their murmurs bounce off the walls of the old railway yard, recreating the push-pull anxiety of walking into a high-school disco before it starts. Chicks on Speed’s Alex Murray-Leslie appears on stage, cocooned in a cloud of…

Unbearable Darkness

Choy Ka Fai

By Claire Cao — 13 November, 2019

I.        PANG Communicating with ghosts is simple in theory.  Dying is like stepping off a tarmac and on to foreign soil, my parents said in Mandarin. You’ll be severed from your bed, the grocery shops you know best, the people you love—no landmark in sight, save the cloudy bulk of winter sky….

Body of Knowledge

Samara Hersch

By Marcus Whale — 1 November, 2019

Partway through Body of Knowledge, Samara Hersch’s new performance for Liveworks, an attendee’s phone goes off. Except, it’s not exactly their phone, but one assigned to them—a smartphone. In fact, each of the dozen-or-so audience members has been assigned a device, and by the time it’s my turn to participate, almost everyone has a phone…

#3 Rayon Riot

Naughty Noodle Fun Haus

By Fiona McGregor — 22 March, 2019

‘Since fun is pleasure without guilt, as in the euphemistic ‘fun-loving’, we are bound to feel it must be inherently trivial; in a Judeo-Christian culture, half the fun of the thing is the guilt, anyway.’ Angela Carter, ‘Fun Fair’   There’s a new show in town. There’s a new town too. An hour and a half…

One Infinity

PLAYKING PRODUCTIONS, DANCENORTH,

JUN TIAN FANG & BEIJING DANCE THEATRE

By Amelia Zhou — 13 February, 2019

It’s easy to forget how to listen. To listen deeply, that is. I’m reminded of this at One Infinity, a collaborative performance by Playking Productions, Jun Tian Fang, Beijing Dance Theatre and Dancenorth. I’m reminded of attentiveness, or how to listen in order to feel—to be swept up inside the layers of a live moment….