James Batchelor & Collaborators: Shortcuts to Familiar Places

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  • Morgan Hickinbotham
A personal performance about the body as a site of inscription. In a fascinating excavation of Australian modern dance history, James Batchelor has been tracing a lineage through his childhood dance teacher Ruth Osborne to the modern dance pioneer Gertrud Bodenwieser. Bodenwieser came to Australia as a refugee from Vienna during WW2, inspiring generations with her visionary approach to dance education and choreography. In a solo and two duets, this work explores new artistic ways to embrace the complexity of self-expression in contemporary times – while echoing the free spirit of the expressive dance (Ausdruckstanz) era.

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The show lasts 50-55 minutes without an intermission and is suitable for an audience of 12 years or older. In several scenes, video sequences are projected onto a screen. In those sequences, there will be English spoken language with English subtitles. The spoken parts are short and not essential to understand the work. The audience is seated in the dark. The light on-stage is mostly bright and focused around the dancers. There are shadow effects on the floor and the rear screen. Sometimes it gets loud. Then, the volume is building up and down. There are no surprising or jarring sounds. The audience area on the grandstand is seated. There are two wheelchair seats and two beanbag seats, which can be reserved subject to availability or purchased from the online ticket shop or box office. If you require another specific seat, please arrive 20 minutes before the performance starts to take up our early boarding offer.

CHOREOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE James Batchelor DRAMATURGY, PRODUCTION Bek Berger COMPOSITION Morgan Hickinbotham PERFORMANCE Chloe Chignell LIGHT DESIGN Vinny Jones COSTUME DESIGN Juliane König CHOREOGRAPHIC CONSULTATION Ruth Osborne, Eileen Kramer, Carol Brown RESEARCH CONSULTATION Michelle Potter

A production by James Batchelor and Collaborators in coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund and the Australia Council for the Arts, Tanja Liedtke Foundation, Michael Adena and Joanne Daly. With support of Tanzhaus nrw, QL2 Dance, Belconnen Arts Centre, Cocoon Dance, Trauma Bar und Kino, and Theaterhaus Mitte. Media partner:  taz, die tageszeitung.

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