Chunky Move presents Next Move 2016
Remake & Mermermer
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This September, Chunky Move is delighted to present the 9th annual Next Move performance series, an initiative unique in scale in Australia that commissions new work, supporting and nurturing the next generation of leading dance makers.
In a world premiere double bill, choreographer Melanie Lane presents Remake, and choreographer Jo Lloyd in collaboration with performance maker Nicola Gunn present Mermermer – two works born from unique collaborations and a shared fascination for the histories embedded in another’s body.
Chunky Move Artistic Director, Anouk van Dijk said, “Each Next Move edition constantly changes shape and responds to the ideas and vision of the selected dance artists, creating unique experiences for our audiences. We are excited that in its 9th year, Next Move is a double bill, of two very different duos, who are each exploring conversations about dance, the body, excess and constraint. This year we are thrilled to include Jo Lloyd, Nicola Gunn and Melanie Lane to the list of remarkably talented dance makers who have had the privilege of being commissioned through our Next Move program.”
In this antithetical work, Melanie Lane, together with ex-soloist of the Australian Ballet Juliet Burnett, draws on the physical archive embedded in a classical dancer, and its displacement within a contemporary setting. Through narrative, space and technology, REMAKE employs the classical as the catalyst for the contemporary – a body negotiating between tradition and future, a solo in dialogue with an ‘other’.
Said Lane, “REMAKE is titled as a reference to the subject of the piece as well as a nod towards my departure from some directions of my previous work. The idea offers a platform for dissecting these representations and transforming them into a performance that speaks about human existence.”
Melanie Lane is a choreographer and performer based between Berlin and Melbourne. In the past decade, Lane has worked with numerous Australian and European companies and artists such as Club Guy and Roni, Tino Seghal, Antony Hamilton, Clark and PVC. Since 2007, Melanie is Artistic Collaborator to Arco Renz’s company Kobalt Works (Belgium) collaborating on projects in Belgium, Norway, Germany and Indonesia. In 2015 Lane was appointed resident director at Lucy Guein Inc., presented her work Merge at Dance Massive and took part in the Melbourne/Taipei Exchange culminating in a new solo work presented at the Taipei Arts Festival. As a choreographer, Lane has established a repertory of works performing in festivals such as Tanz im August, Uzes Danse Festival, Spring Dance Festival, Festival Antigel, and Tanz ueber Graben/HAU Berlin.
If you were one of the last two humans on earth, what would you talk about? Who would you make art for? And what would it look like? Mermermer sees the exploration of empathy, extinction and the uncovering of our current cultural dance. Created and performed by Jo Lloyd and Nicola Gunn, the work sees both performers maintain physical and verbal conversations simultaneously throughout the entirety of the work. The starting point for this duet stems from Conversation Therapy, a practice Lloyd and Gunn developed during preparation for their interactive performance at the National Gallery of Victoria as part of Melbourne NOW.
Said Lloyd, “Nicola and I share an interest in creating works that examine human behaviour and provoke dialogue about social concerns. Choreographically, I am driven by the idea of dance as ‘watching the thinking’ and the questions, What resides in the body, its history, and confusion? What can this performance do?”
NEXT MOVE 2016 | Remake & Mermermer
Thursday 8th – Saturday 17th September
Chunky Move Studios, 111 Sturt St, Southbank
Bookings: chunkymove.com or 03 9645 5188