Interdisciplinary Workshop with PRUE LANG & MATTHIEU BRIAND


Prue Lang and Matthieu Briand - The Studio

Coming from two different disciplines (contemporary dance & contemporary art), recently relocated choreographer Prue Lang and visual artist Matthieu Briand have a common fascination for the infinite act of creation, completed by the ephemeral passage between the spectator and the work itself. This workshop will focus on the 'interdisciplinary' approach of a subject and the new method it generates in making art.

The workshop will begin by looking at 3 existing artworks from Bruce Nauman, Carolee Schneemann and William Forsythe in which the body is at the core of the work and the studio the place of action. We will examine the way in which each artist dialogues between different forms in their particular way, re-defining existing models of performance and consequently influencing practices to come. Then through a series of tasks and discussion we will begin to explore the tension between constraint and freedom in the creative process to reflect on what this means and produces in our own practice. This will be followed by a final series of tasks that generate wide-ranging experimentation in a movement-based forms, while simultaneously nurturing the individuals' discourse or interests.

The 2 day workshop is open to artistic practioners from all disciplines with an interest in contemporary performance and contemporary art and an openess to experiment
and collaborate in an informal laboratory environment.

Non-dancers welcome, please wear comfortable clothes.

Dates: 24 - 25 May
Time: 1 - 6pm
Cost: $140 F ~ $120 C ~ $100 DH Members
Where: Dancehouse, Upstairs Studio
Bookings: click here or email


Prue Lang is a choreographer. After graduating from the VCA, Lang joined Meryl Tankard's
Australian Dance Theatre. In 1996 she moved to France working for the Choreographic
National Centre in Angers, Compagnie Cre-Ange in Paris as well as her own independent
projects. In 1999 she began an important collaboration with William Forsythe as a leading
soloist and choreographer of the Frankfurt Ballett and The Forsythe Company. Since 2005 she
has been working as an independent choreographer presenting her work in international
festivals, theatres and museums throughout the world including Theatre National de Chaillot
Paris, STUK Belgium, Hebbel-am-ufer Berlin, Tanzplatform Deutschland, Rencontres
choregraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Paris and the TATE Modern, London.
She has been voted Most Outstanding dancer, Most Innovative Production and Most
Outstanding Choreographer by Europe's Balletanz's Annual Critics' Survey. In 2014 she moved
back to Australia and is now based in Melbourne.

Mathieu Briand is a French visual artist currently based in Melbourne. He uses sound, physical
forms, sensory environments and mixed media to create diverse and highly innovative
artworks that invite the spectator into new zones of spatial and temporal perception. His
works have been presented in a number of formats for temporary and permanent exhibitions
throughout the world. He is currently preparing a solo exhibition for the Maison Rouge in Paris.