Dance Massive: Quake
'QUAKE' is a synthesis of hypnotic sound and uncanny movement, developed through the international collaboration of four independently renowned artists and anchored by the force of their ground-breaking work in the fields of sound and choreographic composition, computer technology and installation.
As the four performers inhabit the expanded installation, the performance ensemble is reconceived as a system that considers psychological, anthropological and technological exchange as an exploration of time itself. Employing organic, analogue acoustic instruments and the physics of sound enhanced through digital processing, 'QUAKE' creates a multimedia landscape that breathes new meaning into everything that we see, hear and feel.
In a world that moves too fast, the ‘players’ invite us to reflect on the nature of movement and affect in our relationship to environment and landscape, palimpsests of histories, digital interfaces and cellular structures. 'QUAKE' is conceived to negotiate the intensification of technological speed as a force at play in the site of the body as analogous to a global entanglement with the data sphere. It points to the idea that the porosity between the micro and macro worlds, and the borders of our perceptions and geographies hold the same tensions as our climatic extremes.
Presented by Dancehouse in partnership with Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University and the Abbotsford Convent as part of Dance Massive 2019
Choreography & Performance: Hellen Sky, Myriam Gourfink
Sound Design & Performance: Mark Cauvin, Kasper T. Toeplitz
Lighting Design: Nik Pajanti
ABOUT HELLEN SKY
Hellen Sky is an Australian digital choreographer/performer/director/writer. Her projects bridge dance, performance and installation at times extended through new technologies and data generated by the body as a fluid interface between micro-movements, media, virtual-electronic and physical architectures, words and objects. As co-founder and director of new media performance company, Company in Space (1992—2004) and as Hellen Sky & Collaborators, she has presented work across Australia and internationally.
She has studied dance in Australia and internationally (Australian Ballet School, Victorian College of the Arts, Postgraduate Studies at RMIT Architecture Department — Spatial Architectural Information Laboratory) and was a founding member of Circus Oz. Sky is a Fellow of the Australia Council Dance Fund, Nominee of the Leonardo MIT, Rockerfeller Ford Foundation Global Crossing Award; and co-founder and Artistic Director of Dancehouse, 1991—2001.