Fringe 2014 - FLASH/GIRL
18 September 2014 - 21 September 2014
An illuminating double bill united by live art and performance. These distinct works - Flashlight by Lauren Simmonds and Project:Girl by Bicky Lee, offset each other vividly in their use of light, colour, movement and story telling. Placing the moving body at the core of their investigations Lauren and Bicky have created innovative and personal works that push the boundaries of their respective mediums and traditions. Giving new meaning to the humble flashlight and to the term 'girl' in the 21st century, the audience will be hypnotised by illusion and awoken with honest humour.
Flashlight is a live interactive art work akin to a game of hide and seek between audience and performer. Featuring fluid movement, glistening futuristic sculptures and flashlights. Your subconscious is invited to come out and play.
LAUREN SIMMONDS is a visual artist who uses sculpture, installation and performance to explore the freedom and restriction of movement. Since graduating from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Contemporary (Visual Art) in 2002, Lauren's work has evolved beyond the page and into performance. During 2013 Lauren undertook a mentorship with one of Australia's leading performance artists Jill Orr. Lauren exhibits regularly in Melbourne and previous solo exhibitions include The New Forest (2013), Sound Paper (2013), Departure Point (2012), Transfigure (2012), What do you believe in? (2010) and Skin & Bone (2010).
Lauren acknowledges the support of NAVA for Flashlight: 'The Australian Artists' Grant is a NAVA initiative, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Mrs Janet Holmes à Court and the support of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts."
Created and performed by Lauren Simmonds
Sound by Ryan Granger
Special thanks to Jill Orr and Mijo Biscan
Project:Girl is the live scrapbook of one woman's girlhood to date. As Eve Ensler once said "I am an emotional creature" and I am proud of this because my "inner girl" is my greatest strength. This work is dedicated to Caitlin Tromop van Dalen who is the Amy Poehler to my Tina Fey.
BICKY LEE is originally from New Zealand and is now based in Melbourne after graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts with the 2012 Friends of the VCA Encouragement Scholarship. In 2014 Bicky was an artist in residence at the New Pacific Studio in Mt Bruce, New Zealand. Most recently she has worked with James Bachelor in Ersatz and Island.
Sound, choreography, and performer: Bicky Lee
Design and promotional: Tim Snowdon
Dates: 18 - 21 September
Where: Sylvia Staehli Theatre (wheelchair accessible)
Cost: $25 F | $20 C
Bookings: click here
ALSO PRESENTED THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL!
(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.
DANCEHOUSE OPEN SEASON
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.