Body of Work



"Full of striking images, clever segues, and suggestive ruptures, Eke explores ideas of time and presence, and especially the "always already present" nature of the past." – Andrew Fuhrmann, Time Out

Presented by Dancehouse

Body of Work is a dance that questions its right to contemporaneity: what is the contemporary? What is new? What is now? What is present? It does this by producing a new relationship between performance and the function of its video documentation.

The performance operates as an allegory of how the 'present' is constituted by the rewriting of the past and strategies aiming at success in the future. Through analysing the 'present' as a loop, Body of Work unfolds as an infinite present, a present always already there and continuing on into the unknown future.

Body of Work operates as a hybrid, a synthesis of biological organism and technical machine; a cyborg blurring the lines between who choreographs and who is choreographed.

Concept & Choreography: Atlanta Eke
Video: Ready Steady Studio
Music Composition: Daniel Jenatsch


ATLANTA EKE is a dancer and choreographer working internationally. Atlanta received a 2010 DanceWEB Europe scholarship, 2011 Next Wave Kickstart and ArtStart grants. She was a Dancehouse Housemate resident in  2012  She performed for Sidney Leoni in Undertones atTamz in August Berlin; Marten Spangbergs Page 74 in ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna,  Jan Ritesma's Oedipus My Foot throughout Europe as well as Allianz-The Agora Project (Performing Arts Forum). Her solo, MONSTER BODY, has been presented at the 2012 Next Wave Festival, SEXES Festival Performance Space Sydney, 2013 Dance Massive Festival Melbourne, MONA FOMA Festival Hobart, MDT Stockholm, BACKFLIP Feminism and Humour in Contemporary Art, Margaret Lawrence Gallery and the Fierce Festival in Birmingham. More recently, Atlanta presented her work, Untitled, at the NVG  for the Melbourne Now exhibition; she performed the work of Marina Abramovic's and Joan Jonas' at the Kaldor Public Art Project #27: 13 Rooms in Sydney and in Maria Hassabi’s work Intermission for the Melbourne Festival. In recent months, Atlanta has premiered her works Fountain at Chunky Move, andOrgan, made in collaboration with composer Daniel Jenatsch, at Liquid Architecture Festival. She is an Arts House Culture Lab resident for her work I CON and is the recipient of the 2014 inaugural Keir Choreographic Award for her latest work Body Of Work.


Dates: 16 - 18 March - additional show added! 15 March, 5pm
Time: 7pm
Where: Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse - this event is wheelchair accessible
Cost: $25 F | $20 C | $15 DH Members
Bookings: click here

Image credit: Gregory Lorenzutti

Body of Work
in its short version was initially commissioned by Carriageworks, Dancehouse and the Keir Foundation for the Keir Choreographic Award 2014; and is supported by by City of Yarra through Dancehouse; and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.