Tag: Performance

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…

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….

Xhe

Daniel Kok

& Miho Shimizu

By Soo-Min Shim — 16 November, 2018

Walking into the last two hours of Daniel Kok and Miho Shimizu’s five-hour performance of xhe, I am overwhelmed by the kaleidoscopic playground of polychrome fabrics, foam block shapes, iridescent blankets, and printed cardboard cutouts. There are chairs arranged around the perimeters, but mostly these are empty. Instead, groups of people are gathered around a…

Infinity Minus One

Su Wen-Chi

By Kathleen Linn — 9 November, 2018

In 2016, Taiwanese performance artist and choreographer Su Wen-Chi undertook a six-week residency at CERN (The European Centre for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland. She drew inspiration from this residency to create a suite of three works: Rainbow Trilogy, which includes Infinity Minus One. The Micro and the Macro The stage is bare, except for…

Uncanny Valley Girl

Angela Goh

By Amelia Wallin — 26 October, 2018

Silicone breast-enhancing inserts, self-massage tools, flat screen televisions and their associated cables, cans of ‘Mother’ energy drink, and a boxy wind blower. These objects of artificial simulation constitute the set of Angela Goh’s Uncanny Valley Girl at Liveworks Festival, and generate many of Goh’s performative actions. Everything appears synthetic, down to her pleather footwear and…