Fringe 2014 - POST PHASE: The Summit is Blue


POST PHASE The Summit is Blue exists in two volumes. It is an urgent undertaking, a departure point, a space for transition and new arrivals. We dance forward in circles, with two bodies, two histories and two futures to materialise a new Era. 

Chloe Chignell presents Volume One: The sublime attends to gravity 

"This work seeks to find materiality of the immaterial. Unsatisfied by the ephemerality of dance I venture through physicality and form to provoke a lasting dance.  Through my choreographed body I share this experience with space and other bodies."


Timothy Walsh presents Volume Two: The endless motion of the motionless man

"In this new century, our experiences are quickened, truncated and virtual. To counteract this often-alienating reality, the work will be a physical space where we can decelerate and recalibrate our bodies and minds. Through my choreographed mind I venture to achieve the out-of-body with the spectators and the space."

Timothy and Chloe's mutual choreographic concerns venture, with the body, into a study of the present moment. They play with the balance of immediate kinesthetic experience and the preconditioned performance. Forming a dance that is both material and transient, so tangible and yet fleeting. They investigate the possible materiality of dance, its lasting experience, the substance of its transmission. Refining, through repetition, the experience of duration and questioning the presupposition of progression.

The audience is invited into a raw, yet, designed space; crisp and directed. The space is sparse between the two bodies, allowing room for the air to move. The sound is so persistent the rhythm becomes a texture, filling the air with kinesthetic experience. Piles of ice glimmer, melting, changing state, and reflecting the light. Colored plastic and metal shapes are situated in the space providing a reference for materiality when the dance becomes immaterial. The light dances and reflects off the surfaces passing through their choreography in time. Their bodies encased in crafted pastel costumes, delicate and bold, expose their human experience.

Image credits: Ashley McLellan and Sarah Fiddaman


Chloe Chignell and Timothy Walsh are emerging choreographers, holding fresh new voices bursting with vitality, rigor and commitment. Their choreographic interests lie with the body as the central investigative tool for all experiments, positioning the physical human experience as the basis of all research. We are interested the transmission of dance - how is it given to space and other bodies, to see, to hear, to feel or to do. This new double bill will be the shared culmination of these interests.

CHLOE CHIGNELL is a dance artist based in Melbourne. She received her Bachelor of Dance from The Victorian College of The Arts in 2013. Since graduating Chloe has been focusing on her choreographic practice, supported by Dancehouse throughout 2014/15 with the Professional Pathways Scholarship. Chloe received the inaugural Phillip Law Travel Scholarship, enabling her to attend Impuls Tanz, PARTS Summer School and engage in a choreographic residency in France in 2014. In 2013 Chloe received a Creative Young Stars Grant for the development of her new work A Series of Constellations made in collaboration with Alice Heyward. She has been working for James Batchelor for a number of years performing in live works and installations in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. Chloe is continuing to work with James Batchelor throughout 2014. She currently studies Alexander Technique with Fiona Bryant and holds a Certificate IV in Pilates and allied health, she is currently teaching Pilates at Studio 202.

See Chloe's work - Circulations
Presented at First Run, Lucy Geurin Inc and PAVE festival. 

TIMOTHY WALSH is a Melbourne based contemporary dance artist. He is a graduate of the VCA. Timothy has worked with Tasdance, Phillip Adams BalletLab, Stephanie Lake, Brooke Stamp, Shelley Lasica, Larissa Mcgowan, Byron Perry, Tanja Leidtke, Anna Smith, Marnie Palomares, Raewyn Hill, Gavin Webber and Huang Yi. Timothy has also worked with visual artists Mikala Dwyer and Keith Deverell in Melbourne. Timothy's choreographic practice has seen him create You Will Be Unprepared (VCA Third year students 2013), Remind Me Again in 24 Hours (Menagerie Collective 2013) and more recently De-mystifying the out-of-body experience (2013) which was commissioned as part of Lucy Guerin Inc's P4SS program. Timothy was also invited to undertake a choreographic internship with Chunky Move, under the mentorship of Stephanie Lake for her Next Move commission Aorta. He is a recent recipient of the Australia Council ArtStart grant which will see him travel to Iceland, Copenhagen and New York to continue to develop and establish his choreographic work.

"The tone of the work was particularly impressive, holding back from parody where it so easily could have slid, remaining a serious undertaking of endurance and concentration. Performed with utter commitment it was engrossing for an audience." - Gail Priest: Timothy Walsh's Demystifying the out-of-body experience

See Tim's work - De-Mystifying the Out of Body Experience
Presented at Pieces for Small Spaces 2013


Dates: 18 - 21 September
Time: 7pm
Where: Upstairs Studio (no wheelchair access)
Cost: $25 F | $20 C |
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Gabrielle New
(film screening in foyer)

In the THREE COLOURS video triptych Gabrielle New explores the body's response to different environments through improvised movement and placing a camera on different body parts creating a dreamy surreal work that gives the viewer an odd and unusual perspective of person in relationship to place.

In GREEN the artists responds to the natural environment, a forest, tall trees, earthbound and connected.

RED takes place in a building site by a road and explores development and urban growth, perhaps dreaming of a more utopian future.

BLACK sees the artist dancing in a city laneway and looks at female vulnerability in this landscape.

GABRIELLE NEW is the director of The Space Between Performance Collective founded in 2009 to establish an Australian language for Butoh (a Japanese contemporary dance form). Gaby is a Butoh Dance Theatre Movement Artist, Director, Contemporary Artist and Choreographer with a profound interest in healing, transformation and the intra-psychic landscapes of the human mind. She performs and teaches in Australia and internationally in 2013 being invited to Canada and Poland as well and creating new, original performance in Melbourne, in 2014 teaching in New Zealand. She is currently completing a Masters of Fine Art at RMIT.





Our Your Way! program is a way of offering support to productions outside our curatorial program. In offering the Your Way! program, we aim to contribute to advancing dance practice and performance by giving artists access to professional presenting opportunities. Twice per year (April and September/October during the Fringe festival) we host a limited number of non-curated productions.