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EXERCISES IN CRITICALITY - PART #1

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The practice of criticality is a largely unexplored and under-examined element within performance making in Australia. Perhaps rocking the boat is not an Australian thing. And yet, for philosophers such as Deleuze, destabilisation of the given is key component of creativity. With these theoretical and process-based exercises, we will explore the differences between finding fault (criticism), to developing new critical perspectives (critique), to enfolding elements of distance and perspective within that which exists or is yet to come (criticality). Criticality can be seen as a way of moving away from intention (the consciousness of the artist), illustration (remaining within the status quo), or representation. This intensive will experiment with ways in which our daily practices can be opened up to new modes of thought and performative enactment. These investigations aim to rejig notions of knowledge, experience, artistic practice and audience engagement.

 

DEFINING CRITICALITY

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4
2pm-4.30pm

Discussion platform led in three parts by Alison Croggon, Alison Richards and Becky Hilton.

ON THE DEATH OF CRITICISM - ALISON CROGGON
2pm-2.30pm

ON CRITICALITY AS METHODOLOGY - ALISON RICHARDS
2.30-3pm

PRACTISING CRITICALITY - BECKY HILTON
Open Space Technology session
3pm-4.30pm

The agenda is constructed by the participants in response to the question of criticality IN, AS, and/or OF practice.

 

FREE (DH MEMEBRS HAVE PRIORITY)
Limited capacity

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Alison Croggon is a fantasy novelist, poet and critic who lives in Melbourne, Australia. She writes in many genres, including criticism, theatre and prose. She is the author of the acclaimed young adult fantasy quartet, The Books of Pellinor. She has until very recently published reviews and critical texts on her blog, Theatre Notes, and more recently on her Tumblr. More information on Alison Croggon can be found on her website.

Alison Richards has made an outstanding contribution to Australian contemporary performance over four decades as a performer, writer, researcher and teacher. She has a strong interest in physical, vocal and cross-disciplinary performance and is known both for her solo performance works and for her collaborations with other artists. Alison was Artistic Director of Drama Project Trust/The Mushroom Troupe, Australia's first professional community theatre company, is a past Chair and Life Member of Footscray Community Arts Centre and Theatre Works, St Kilda and is currently Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Theatre and Performance Studies at Monash University.

Becky Hilton  is an Australian artist whose practice incorporates dancing, choreographing, teaching, conversing and writing.
Over three decades she has contributed to the work of an array of artists, including Russell Dumas, Stephen Petronio, Mathew Barney, Michael Clark, Tere O'Connor, Jennifer Monson, John Jasperse, Lucy Guerin, Tino Sehgal, Xavier Le Roy, Scarlet Yu, Chrysa Parkinson etc. Becky uses embodied practices and choreographic systems to explore concepts and manifestations of GROUPNESS.
Her research environments include, but are not limited to - dance companies, community organisations, visual arts institutions, elder care centres, universities and friendship circles. She is currently a Professor in Choreography for the research area SITE EVENT ENCOUNTER at the Stockholm University of the Arts.