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Losing Touch

When

Wednesday 25 November
One-hour performances at 6pm and 9pm

Where

Sacred Heart Courtyard

Cost

Full $24.50
Concession $14.50
Mob Tickets $10

Website

melbournefringe.com.au/event/losing-touch/

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When

Wednesday 25 November
One-hour performances at 6pm and 9pm

Where

Sacred Heart Courtyard

Cost

Full $24.50
Concession $14.50
Mob Tickets $10

Website

melbournefringe.com.au/event/losing-touch/

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A new performance about touch in the age of physical distancing

Losing Touch is a performance work created out of a long-distance collaboration between composer Antonia Barnett-McIntosh in Tāmaki Makaurau and performance artist Sara Cowdell in Naarm.

The work investigates the impact of touch in our lives and the lack of physical contact and connection we experience when socially-distanced. 

Using performative and sonic concepts of communication, feedback, dissonance and forced failure, Losing Touch delves into notions of miscommunication, reality and perception, exploring a new form of liveness and shared experience with the audience.

In amongst the dissonance of the virtual world and the struggle to create a felt reality, how can we ever truly understand another?

Created and Performed by Antonia Barnett-McIntosh and Sara Cowdell
Presented by Abbotsford Convent for Melbourne Fringe

Your safety is our priority

This event will proceed subject to the COVID reopening roadmap. In the case that the event cannot proceed as an in-person event, it will go forward as an interactive digital event.

Content warnings

This performance contains coarse language and references to sex and sexuality. Recommended for ages 18+.

About the artists

Antonia Barnett-McIntosh is a composer, performer, sound artist, and freelance editor and curator with an interest in working across disciplines, particularly with speech and language. She is interested in creating communal experiences whereby spectators are welcomed as participants in a compositional process. This implies that listening in itself is active: audience members are not mere recipients of art as a finished form, but drawn into the work’s compositional questions where listening and spectating can be viewed as a form of composition. Antonia has presented work in Europe, the UK, Scandinavia, Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, and the United States.

Sara Cowdell is a Pākehā performance artist and curator based in Melbourne, Australia. She is the director of Performance Art Week Aotearoa and the Performance Art Curator at Play_Station gallery. As a curator, Sara’s work explores and expands on traditional art boundaries and instead focuses on experiential and participatory engagement with an overarching ethos based on experimental, site-specific and socially engaged practice. In her own work she uses spoken word, embodied storytelling, ritual, costume, movement and dance to create impactful performances. She believes that art is the epitome of self-actualised desire, and wants to capture the unsaid, the uncomfortable emotions that sit within us all. She screams the words you keep trying to swallow because they feel so unbearably uncomfortable in your mouth.  

Thank you

This project is amplified by Melbourne Fringe through the Ralph Mclean Microgrant program.