Open Studio: Tainted Title
You are invited to experience the creation process of ‘Tainted Title.’ This will include a rehearsal-style performance and discussion between participants and public.
‘Tainted Title’ works with a continually shifting dialogue between groups of performers, collaborators and audiences. The project employs an adaptable choreographic-structure and provokes notions of co-authorship, nuances in language and communication, individuality, collectivity and cultural contexts in dialogue.
In October 2017, Tim Darbyshire and Thembi Soddell will undergo a residency at Tanzhaus Zürich in Switzerland. Here they will work with local Swiss performers and engage with the community in Zürich to create a new iteration of the work ‘Tainted Title.’
In preparation for the development in Zürich, Darbyshire, Soddell and collaborators are currently undergoing studio sessions at the Abbotsford Convent in which they create extensive choreographic phrases and soundtracks, derived from people and the rooms they work in. Alongside this recording process they are developing poetic subtitle-scripts, which will underpin all iterations of the work. These materials will be transmitted and negotiated between multiple performers, so as to create variation and different versions of the work.
‘Tainted Title’ will be presented across and between contexts.
About the artists
Darbyshire is interested in dynamic and expansive choreography – drawing on visual, aural and spatial fields, whilst acknowledging the body as a fulcrum. His works wrestle between deconstructive, subliminal and dramatic tensions.
In 2012, he presented 'MORE OR LESS CONCRETE' at Arts House, followed by a remount for Dance Massive in 2013 and a European premiere at Noorderzon Festival in the Netherlands. In 2015 he premiered 'STAMPEDE THE STAMPEDE' in Dance Massive. He recently undertook an Australia Council Residency at Cite des Arts in Paris and is currently developing his next work ‘Tainted Title.’
In 2017, he will undergo an MFA Performance at Iceland Academy of the Arts: here everything will change.
Thembi Soddell is one of Australia’s leading female sound artists working with musique concréte. Her distinct approach to composition exploits the dynamic extremes, creating volatile, evocative sound environments with a disquieting edge. These reflect her longstanding interests in psychology, perception, subjectivity and affect. Soddell has presented at a number of key galleries worldwide, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2002), National Gallery of Australia (2003), Wellington City Gallery (2013), National Gallery of Victoria (2014) and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2016). She has released two solo albums, with another set for release in 2017.