SLOW CALM DRAMA (APRIL 2021)
PREMIERED AT DANCEHOUSE MELBOURNE
Borrowing techniques from the process of scriptwriting to examine the information transferred between bodies, Slow Calm Drama explores the social relations between three people and the role of spectator.
Started in late 2019, Deanne Butterworth, Alice Dixon, and Benjamin Hurley continued development of Slow Calm Drama together in 2020 in separate locations, exploring different ways to make choreography with a more static body. Driven by a desire for human connection in its absence, Slow Calm Drama uses the non-linear time-mapping of bodies moving through space and confused dialogue to create a fantastical, dreamlike collage that is constantly searching for ways to transform.In a zone of ambient crisis and unravellings, the performers negotiate the relationship between the individual and the group.
Choreographer: Deanne Butterworth
Performers: Deanne Butterworth, Alice Dixon, Benjamin Hurley
Sound: Michael Munson
Costume Designer: Laura Banfield
Lighting Designer: Govin Ruben
Associate Lighting Designer: Marty Shlansky
Secondment Dancer: Emily Laursen
Photoraphy: Arun Munoz
21—24 April 2021
Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse
'Slow Calm Drama' was supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Dancehouse. The work commenced in November 2019 while Artist in Residence at Temperance Hall, further developed with the support of a City of Melbourne COVID19 Quick Response grant, Creative Victoria Sustaining Creative Workers Fund, City of Melbourne Creative Spaces program through a residency at The Pavilion, and supported by LGI through a studio residency at WXYZ Studios.
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