OVERWORLD happened in its full glory at the magnificient venue The Substation in May. We performed 8 shows in 10 days as part of Next Wave Festival 2014.
It was definitely one of the craziest shows I have ever performed in but also one of the most rewarding. Three months later some of the moments that have stayed with me most strongly are:
The queues of ‘Earth signs’ lined up in front of me in anticipation for their individual ‘treatment’.
The nerves before hitting the first vocal note of the show.
The pre-show ritual of laying all items in their carefully constructed spatial arrangement.
The audible reactions of audience members in the section dedicated to a mash up of Youtube clips
🙂 🙂 🙂
OVERWORLD will be performed again in Melbourne at Dance Massive, March 2015!!!
Click here to go to the trailer on Vimeo.
Choreographed by Rebecca Jensen and Sarah Aiken
Performers: Janine Proost, Rachel Coulson, Rebecca Jensen, Sarah Aiken
Design: Rose Connors Dance
Sound: Andras Fox
Images: Gregory Lorenzutti
Together with two of my favourite friends/colleagues Natalie Abbott and Amelia McQueen I presented new interdisciplinary dance performance ELEVATE at You Are Here Festival in Canberra.
This is our program note:
Elevate lifts you up, shakes you up a little, and leaves you wondering whether yesterday’s normal could be tomorrow’s insane. This interactive dance performance stretches the space of social expectations through tactile exchange and shifting modes of interaction. The three performers meet you with their toolkit of subtle – and if you’re up for it, less subtle – methods to unlock physical boundaries, expand your perception of reality, and create a greater sense of connection.
It was an exciting and heartwarming experience with lots of ‘being in the moment’ and tuning in to what the work needed to stay engaging. I like this paragraph in Kelly Beneforti’s review:
“As each new relationship between audience and performers is negotiated, the boundaries of exchange become elastic, as no one holds complete control over the performance. All are invested and vulnerable in the same moment. Abbott, Proost and McQueen use their bodies, voices, costumes, the space, and each other to deal with this fluid territory, encompassing everything from literal to theatrical to inexplicable physicalised translations of the experience at hand.”
“For one night only Elevate was like being inside a live and non-repeatable experiment where together we were simultaneously the content and the results.”
For full review follow this link:
All photos by Lorna Sim
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