profiler oct 19, 2016
Signs of Life. Will Sydney, Perth and Adelaide’s summer festivals breathe new life into an over-tired, hyperactive, fuzzy formula? Relatively small, artform or theme-focused arts festivals (BIFEM, OzAsia, Next Wave, Dance Massive, Liveworks) offer cogency, communality and a sense of difference with works that collectively take you out of the ordinary. The gigantism of their large peers—international arts and fringe festivals—limits shared appreciation and buries significant works amid all too familiar festival fare. But much can be forgiven if an overarching sense of purpose—social, political and aesthetic, whether or not themed—is evident. From what we’ve learned (details in coming weeks) two of Australia’s forthcoming international arts festivals are showing the signs of life we yearn for. In the meantime, we have reports from idiosyncratic festivals in the Ruhr and Riga, reviews of distinctive works in this year’s Melbourne Fringe and previews of the much anticipated Liveworks—including Thunderhead (image above)—an artstorm about to break. Keith & Virginia
Artist, documenter, provocateur and trickster Choy Ka Fai tells Keith Gallasch about his collaboration with Chinese artists XioaKe x ZiHan, one of two works he’s presenting for Liveworks which reveal unfamiliar dimensions of Asian dance.
Tina Havelock Stevens tells Lauren Carroll Harris about her art and the giant storm she caught on camera from a car in rural Texas and which she will immersively reproduce onscreen with her own soundtrack in Performance Space’s Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art.
A FESTIVAL GROUNDED IN TRANSITIONAL SPACE
In the Ruhrtriennale, Jana Perkovic finds a festival that frames art in terms of the region in which it is staged. Featured works include Björn Bicker’s Urban Prayers Ruhr, Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s The things that pass and Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto.
FOR ANY BODY & EVERY BODY
In theatres and on the streets, writes Lucy Hawthorne, Hobart’s Salamanca Moves dance festival hosts local, national and international dance artists who have audiences thinking, feasting, flocking and partying with shows that reflect on ageing, ability, ritual and “deepspace.”
THE BEAUTY OF BAFFLEMENT
In the Melbourne Fringe, Andrew Furhrmann discovers dance works by Nebahat Erpolat, Chad McLachlan and Zac Jones which defy literal interpretation, delighting audiences with degrees of sheer strangeness.
GETTING INTIMATE WITH MICROBES, INSECTS & WEEDS
At the Open Fields RIXC Art & Science Festival in Riga, Sophea Lerner encounters speculative fictions and microbial collaborations that address the future of money, sex toys for plants, flies that print and personal responsibility for nuclear waste.
ANGLES ON UNSEXED PERSPECTIVES
John Bailey listens for gender in the voices that speak through performance in a trio of Melbourne Fringe productions from Ryan Good, Marcus Mackenzie and ‘bibliotherapist’ Anna Nalpantidis.
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realtime 135 oct-nov 2016
gideon obarzanek: after glow
keith gallasch, chunky move’s gideon obarzanek, rt81
garry stewart: dance evolution in the age of robotics
erin brannigan, adt's devolution, rt71
lucy guerin: between temperature & temperament
jonathan marshall, rt52
rosalind crisp: a european future
erin brannigan, rt48
helen herbertson: the place where things slip
philipa rothfield, delirium, rt36
tess de quincey & stuart lynch: dancing the city
keith gallasch, compression 100, de quincey lynch, rt11
Cover image (detail): Thunderhead, Tina Havelock Stevens, Liveworks Festival