Devised and choreographed by Steph Hutchison
Steph Hutchison's solo WORK is fuelled by an interest in pushing the body to its physical limit. A hybrid performance, interweaving dance, circus arts, improvisation, sports and theatre, WORK is inspired by the physical journey of Julie Moss.
In 1982, Julie Moss competed in her first Ironman without ever completing the total distance before. What began as a lark became a struggle for survival and a test of human will. Each time she felt like quitting, she thought it was her 'ego trying to self-sabotage,' but her real self was 'that voice that said; "just keep moving forward. There is no limit."  
Hutchison explores the notion of dance as extreme sport and emphatically engages her body in rigorous physical practices. Her attention is to muscularity and the performance of effort, work and labour, to the point of physical exhaustion. Using circus apparatus such as tissu, rope and acrobatic mats, Steph pushes to and beyond the limits of her physical ability during the performance. In preparation for the show, she puts herself through intense bootcamp style training, classical and contemporary dance training and teaches herself new acrobatic tricks. Her aim is to push herself past exhaustion to another level.

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Steph Hutchison is a choreographer, performer, artist-researcher and teaching-artist. Her current practice is informed by the collaborative and artistic potential of contemporary dance, improvisation, circus arts and physical theatre. Steph has presented her own work in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, and received commissions to create works for Arts Centre Melbourne, fLiNG Physical Theatre, Melbourne Dance Company and Little Devils Circus. From 2006 – 2011, Steph was an Artist in Residence at Arts Centre Melbourne. Steph has taught for Arts Centre Melbourne, Deakin University, NICA, National Theatre Ballet School and Dancehouse. Her dance film works have been screened at the Astor, ACMI, Federation Square and Dancehouse. She is a regular physical performer and dancer for motion capture projects while completing her PhD research at Deakin University's Motion.Lab – Sampling: choreographic interventions for dance and circus.




Date: Saturday 9 Nov - 8pm & Sunday 10 Nov, 5pm
Runtime: 50 mins
Where: Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse, 150 Princes Street North Carlton (wheelchair access)
Tickets: Full $25/ Concession $20/Dancehouse members $15/ VCA/Deakin students $10
Bookings: click here or 9347 2860

Image courtesy of Steph Hutchison