Concrete Impermanence Melds Dance and Art

Photo Sam Roberts

Melbourne Premiere of Alison Currie’s Contemporary Dance Work

Concrete Impermanence | August 15 – 18

Following a critically praised opening in Adelaide, choreographer and dance artist Alison Currie will see the Melbourne premiere of her work Concrete Impermanence, presented by The SUBSTATION from 15 – 18 August 2018.

Melding dance and art, her new work is an expression of how the animate and inanimate connect.  As the dancers interact with moveable sculptural objects on stage, they unfurl a story that tackles global and personal instability, environmental disaster and personal trauma. Alisdair Macindoe’s rich and complex electronic sound score overlays the choreography.

“Through these relationships and environments, Concrete Impermanence reveals the fragility of human existence – in its tragedy, poetic beauty and in the inevitable reality of a fragile existence,” said Currie, whose artistic practice crosses dance, performance art, sculpture and installation.

Concrete Impermanence is directed and choreographed by Currie, in choreographic collaboration with Carlie Angel, Amrita Hepi, Jessie Oshodi, Lewis Rankin and Stephen Sheehan. The show features three dancers: Alison Currie, Harrison Richie-Jones and Stephen Sheehan.

The Adelaide-based artist creates dance works for theatres, galleries, site specific and location nonspecific live art performances.  Throughout her career, she has collaborated with visual artist Bridget Currie, media artists Kaboom Studios aka Jason Lam and Adam Synnott as well as sound and dance maker Alisdair Macindoe.

Alison received the inaugural Arts South Australia triennial project grant for her work 42a, which premiered at Adelaide’s Australian Experimental Art Foundation in 2008 and toured to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.  She choreographed Restless Dance Theatre’s Bedroom Dancing, which was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Youth and Community Dance Australian Dance Awards 2010.

Her other notable works include Drawing Machine, which was performed at Wimbledon Space in London and Adelaide Fringe Festival’s commission Build, Hold, Destroy as part of Window World outdoor event.


Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 August @7.30pm
The SUBSTATION, 1 Market Street Newport, Victoria
Bookings: or (03) 391 1110