3 KEIR CHOREOGRAPHIC AWARD 2014 PIECES AT LES PLATEAUX PARIS
25 September 2015 - 26 September 2015
with the support of
3 Keir Choreographic Award 2014 pieces
SARAH AIKEN – Three Short Dances
JAMES BATCHELOR – Escape to the Infinite
ATLANTA EKE – Body of Work
LES PLATEAUX 2015
25 & 26 September 2015
An annual 2-day showcase presenting the best of national and international emerging dance artists. Over 15 artists and companies have the opportunity to present their creations to programmers, critics and the wider audience.
As part of a long-term partnership with La Briqueterie /Paris Dance Biennale, Dancehouse is developing an artistic mobility program including residencies, presentations, training, publication and networking opportunities. Three pieces initially commissioned for the inaugural Keir Choreographic Award were invited to be part of LES PLATEAUX.
LES PLATEAUX is Briqueterie's curated platform, organised yearly in September, open to both presenters and general public. The platform has today a remarkable reputation for identifying new talent and introducing outstanding works to European presenters and to Paris audiences. Attended mostly by programmers from France and French-speaking countries (Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg), there is no better springboard to trigger presenting opportunities and better access to this otherwise opaque market than the Plateaux.
THE ARTISTS & THE WORKS
BODY OF WORK – ATLANTA EKE
"Eke is an acutely intelligent choreographer and performer: conceptually and in execution, Body of Work is as thrilling and astonishing as any of her previous performances. Her work inevitably delights, appalls, amuses and challenges." -Liza Dezfouli, Australian Stage
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. 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
Body of Work in its short version was initially commissioned by Carriageworks, Dancehouse and the Keir Foundation for the Keir Choreographic Award 2014. Body of Work was co-produced and premiered at Dancehouse with the support of City of Yarra, of the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Body of Work is presented in Paris with the generous support of the Keir Foundation and Creative New Zealand.
ESCAPE TO THE INFINITE/METASYSTEMS – JAMES BATCHELOR
"METASYSTEMS" is an extraordinarily interesting and ultimately beautiful work which will reward further viewing. It is notable for its originality and complexity, and as an exciting demonstration of the maturation of Batchelor's ability to present complex ideas in accessible dance form. - Bill Stephens, City News
METASYSTEMS is a series of live installations by James Batchelor and collaborators. METASYSTEMS is a subtle yet detailed choreography of linear and rhythmic constructions, an assemblage of concrete with the human body. This physically demanding and rhythmically hypnotic work creates the awareness of a world in flux, a space that is simultaneously being constructed and deconstructed.
Choreographer: James Batchelor
Visual Artist: Madeline Beckett
Performers: James Batchelor, Madeline Beckett, Amber McCartney
Consulting Architect: Anna Tweedale
Escape to Infinite was initially commissioned for the inaugural Keir Choreographic Award by Dancehouse, Carriageworks and the Keir Foundation.
THREE SHORT DANCES – SARAH AIKEN
"...the considered beauty of Sarah Aiken's "THREE SHORT DANCES"...one moment an image synonymous with a bird cage, the next, a tightrope walker in meditative trance, before finally assuming a slowly spinning hybrid porcupine, with quills near grazing the walls. Balanced atop the head, and across each shoulder, within both hands, the appearance is mesmerising."- Gracia Haby, Fjord Review
Aiken's work takes a plunge into the realms of metaphor at its most absurd and most obvious. Developed as part of ongoing research, Aiken's piece navigates the body and surrounding objects in relation to the social constructs that operate between them including costume and representational movement. Exploring the absurd & representational, the piece aims to repeatedly shift the audience's readings of simple objects and the body interacting with them. Three Short Dances plays with the tension between the sublime and the ridiculous, developing poignancy through absurdity and creating pathos with irony.
Choreographer and performer: Sarah Aiken
Live music: Daniel Arrnott
3 short dances was initially commissioned for the inaugural Keir Choreographic Award by Dancehouse, Carriageworks and the Keir Foundation.
See previous Dancehouse International programing, at 2013 Faits d'Hiver Festival, Paris
Dancehouse would like to warmly thank THE BRIQUETERIE, its Director, Daniel Favier and the whole technical and production team as well as The Keir Foundation for making all this possible. A huge thank you to Michael Ghent for the sharp eye on all technical aspects.