A new live performance, Small Details extends the focus in Sandra Parker's practice on minimal movement and gestural action. The work uses a series of automated kinetic sculptures set against dense and intricate choreography. Selected gestures are performed in extreme detail and in repetitious cycles: the work's duration testing the performers' and audience's capacity to meet the demands of the choreographic system. At its apex, where precision and fixity break, the work attunes attention beyond the choreographic logic, to focus on  the vulnerabilities, limitations and potentials of the body in an automated and technologically advanced world.


Melbourne based choreographer SANDRA PARKER is the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts Dance Board Fellowship and a Centenary Medal for Services to Australian Society and Dance. Recent projects include the in-progress showing of Gender/Power Composition IV with NY artists Kris Grey and Maya Ciarrocchi, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space, NY, 2015; work-in-progress presentation of Small Details, Dance Massive Open Studios, 2015; Three Angles (2014), an interactive single-channel video installation, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; Three Frames (2013), two video channels, sound, live performance, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, US; The Recording (2013), live performance, Dance Massive, Melbourne; Live View, live performance and binaural (headphones) sound (2013), Document (2011), Dancehouse, Melbourne; Transit (2010), Horti Hall, Melbourne, 2010, Melbourne Festival 2012, Faits d'hiver, Paris, 2013; Out of Light (2009), Gasworks, Melbourne, and The View From Here (2007), Joyce Soho, New York.

Parker has presented her work in Paris, Berlin, Portugal and New York, and undertaken residencies in Tokyo, China (Red Gate, Beijing and Guangdong Modern Dance Company, Guangzhou), Critical Path, Sydney; the Sophiensale and Laborgras, Berlin; Residency Unlimited, New York and collaborated with Chinese director Hope Chiang in Macau. International projects include the creation of Span with Shelley Lasica, Bebe Miller and Susan Braham, for Danspace, St Mark's Church, New York and Wave Hill, the Bronx.  Upcoming projects include: Automaton, an installation at Sara Scout Presents, Melbourne, June 2016; and the development of a new multi-channel video installation All Day and All Night, with funding assistance from the Australia Council for the Arts.


Dates: March 18-20
Time: 8pm / 5pm on Sun 20 March 2016
Where: Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse (wheelchair accessible)
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Choreography and Direction: Sandra Parker
Sound: David Franzke
Kinetic Sculptures: Rhian Hinkley
Lighting and Spatial Design: Jenny Hector
Performers: Rebecca Jensen, Melissa Jones, Kasey Lack

Duration: approx. 60 min

The development of Small Details was funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria and the Besen Family Foundation. The presentation of Small Details is funded by Creative Victoria. Special thanks to Trevor Patrick and Fiona Cameron for their invaluable creative contribution to the development of the work.