Life Support



A broad body of work that treats smoke as a material in an analogous way to how a sculpture might treat clay, Life support is a live performance that is concerned with our mortality and what persists and disappears.

This gentle and confronting performance contrasts the presence of a dancing body with the subtly frightening and wonder filled potential of the motion of gases.

As the shared environment becomes enveloped by smoke, the audience becomes ever more aware of the very air they are breathing, evoking a space for reflection about how people care for themselves, each other and the planet.

Life support is the sequel to And Then Something Fell On My Head and one in a series of works Ashley Dyer refers to as Dance Portraits that depict modern constructed archetypes in relationship to the beauty of everyday phenomena.

In the light of a world's inability to act meaningfully against climate change and the recent introduction of the carbon tax, the work is a critical reflection on what we are and aren't doing as individuals as we wait for our planet to crumble.

ASHLEY DYER is a performance maker, producer and workshop facilitator orginially from Adelaide.  Technically he is not a dancer, a singer, an actor, a visual artist or a writer, but his work often borrows from these traditions.  He works very slowly.  His practice consists largely of asking questions and solving personal riddles in order to discover better questions and new riddles. His work is heavily influenced by artists, groups and performances that emerged out of Sydney's Performance Space between 1985 and 2005.  Some of these artist and their work he knows personally and others he knows through hearsay, mythology and oral tradition.  Most recently, his public work has involved working with materials, falling objects and smoke, and presenting, choreographing and composing them in relation to a dancer's and the audience's bodies.  He has made work for, and performed in works in, a diverse range of contexts both nationally and internationally.  He was most recently employed as an Associate Producer at Next Wave Festival 2012.

Concept Ashley Dyer
Lighting and Projection Design Travis Hodgson
Designer Matthew Kneale
Dancer Tony Osborne
Performer Sound and Objects Sam Pettigrew
Designer Clare Britton
Collaborating Artist/Production Support Bek Berger
Writer/Publication/Performer Sime Knezevic 
Collaborating Artist/Financial Controller/Performer John Possemato

World Premiere
Tue 12 March, 7.00pm
Wed 13 March, 5.00pm & 9.00pm
Thu 14 March, 5.00pm & 9.00pm

Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse

Full $25.00
Concessions $20.00
Dancehouse Members & City of Yarra residents $15.00
Deakin/VCA Students $10.00


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The performance contains nudity, loud music, cigarette smoking, extreme smoke effects.  Audience must arrive 15 minutes early for OHS induction. 


Life Support was developed through the Dancehouse Housemate Program supported by the Besen Foundation. Life Support is supported by Arts Victoria and City of Yarra.


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