Following the first season of LIVE DREAMS at Performance Space’s Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art 2020, Performance Space and Carriageworks are thrilled to present a special edition of LIVE DREAMS in May 2021.
Organized by Performance Space, Australia’s leading experimental arts organisation, LIVE DREAMS brings artists and audiences together in new, dynamic and responsive ways. LIVE DREAMS is a series of performance events held over three nights; DESTROY, RECOVER and REVEAL. This innovative platform allows artists to present ideas and work in progress, and test them with a live audience. By coming to LIVE DREAMS, you will be able to witness the creative process, gain insight into current developments in experimental art, and engage in conversation about their next steps.
Taking place both in a physical theater space at Carriageworks and streaming live online, LIVE DREAMS, May 14, 15 and 16, allows artists and audiences to continue to connect across borders and beyond. geographical space. Hosted by Maeve Marsden, audiences will have the opportunity to ask the artists questions and ideas in real-time and engage in a transformative next steps for their works.
“The events of the past year have reshaped the world and caused many artists to rethink how and why they create work. LIVE DREAMS is an exciting insight into current developments in experimental art, and we’re excited to continue this program throughout 2021,” said Jeff Khan, Artistic Director and CEO of Performance Space.
Each evening features a new selection of artists from across Australia and Asia-Pacific, representing a diversity of practices, forms, worldviews and career paths. Organized under three themes that speak to the chaos and hope of our current world, May 14 sees DESTROY; Works that seek to dismantle current norms and systems, exploding ideas of what is, so that it can no longer be. May 15 presents RECLAIM; Works that reconstruct lost, dismantled or stolen spaces and ideas, or that propose what should exist instead. The final evening, May 16, offers a chance to REVEL; Works that dive deep into unbridled and unapologetic fun and joy, feasting on ideas of indulgence and prosperity.
Live Dreams: DESTROY brings together six striking works in progress by experimental artists from Victoria, Adelaide, Sydney, the Philippines and Newcastle. The artists of Live Dreams: DESTROY seek to radically destabilize the present in a bold re-visioning of the future. Some of these works seek to overthrow colonial and patriarchal systems and present counter-narratives to the dominant culture. Others re-map the body and ecology as places of knowledge, and re-establish a cultural, corporeal and ancestral heritage. Through an evening of performances, presentations and provocations, Live Dreams: DESTROY questions the potential for dismantling art in order to incite eruption and awareness.
In a gripping dialogue between the artist and her ancestral plant Areeshi, Maissa Alameddine explores the burden of inheritance and the transfer of heritage in the complexity of the migrant experience. Gabriela Imrichova shakes up colonial ways of being in the world to offer counter-intuitive offers around our notions of progress, hope and linear temporality. Several works in Live Dreams: DESTROY rely on the body as a site of knowledge and disturbance: Jennifer Greer Holmes draws powerfully on lecture, karaoke and the moving image to collide personal experience to social narratives about PTSD and bodily trauma. Via an autobiographical, trans female homage to Julia Serano and 60s French pop singer Gillian Hills, established interdisciplinary artist Bianca Willoughby draws parallels between the denial of cultural and ancestral heritage and the denial and reclamation of the trans body. Fusing the corporeal and the ecological, Bunny Cadag offers transgender perspectives on the environment and nature, and seeks to shift prevailing cultural understandings of nature and nurture. And through irreverent comedy, audience participation, prayer beads and a bag of dildos, Janie Gibson dismantles historicized narratives of sexual taboo and repression to open up a space of possibility, pleasure, power and sexual positivity.
The first of three streams in the Live Dreams series, Live Dreams: DESTROY questions the dismantling of the status quo and all that we might leave behind.
Live Dreams: RECLAIM brings together six dynamic works in progress by experimental artists from Sydney, Perth, Hong Kong, Canada and northern New South Wales. Collectively, these works reconstruct spaces and ideas that have been lost, dismantled or stolen, or which propose what should exist instead. Whether it’s reclaiming language, decolonizing cultural and power structures, or resetting our relationship with our bodies and the environment, this collection of performances and presentations explores how we can create a more equitable, joyful world. and sustainable through the radical intervention of artists’ visions.
From Jamaica Moana’s reclamation of Maori language and lineage to Shana O’Brien’s powerful invocation of her connection to ancestry and country, many of the artists in Live Dreams: RECLAIM unravel colonial systems and affirm new narratives. sovereignty and culture. Victoria Hunt and Moe Clark continue this conversation by re-mattering feminist and queer knowledge in contemporary Indigenous practice; while AñA Wojak, in collaboration with Cloubeard, reclaims the power of the aging trans body through the lens of their decades-long performance practice. Elsewhere, Too Close to the Sun tackles themes of savagery and extinction, inviting us to rethink our relationship with the environment, and Elysa Wendi and Rhiannon Newton weave together choreography and multi-sensory storytelling to unpack their experiences as women. shaped by the cultural contexts of Southeast Asia and Australia.
Live Dreams: RECLAIM offers a glimpse into the future directions of performance, resetting our relationship with the past to explore remarkable new futures.
Live Dreams: REVEL brings together 6 innovative artists crossing the landscape of exaltation. Artists from Sydney, Melbourne and Indonesia dive deep into unbridled and unabashed fun and joy, feasting on ideas of indulgence and prosperity. Showcasing works in progress, the artists create encounters that echo feelings of humor, calm, connection, euphoria and victory. The evening of performance and presentation will explore moments of deep euphoria, showing us that the act of rejoicing can be the strongest form of dissent.
Ryuichi Fujimura’s humorous, poignant and heartfelt reflection on the life of a contemporary dancer – where recognition is limited and reward is small – asks the fundamental question, “why perform?”. Ande Cunningham’s self-proclaimed trans body euphoria celebrates the small victories and skirmishes of the body in transition that are actually life-saving affirmations. The conversation continues with the work Love Coach by Deden Bulqini, Sandra Fiona Long and Heliana Sinaga, in which the artists explore how human programming of a robot’s mind can emulate and produce the human experience of attachment. and love. This exploration of the human/machine relationship is echoed in Sophie Penkethman-Young’s video installation, which unpacks the techno-psychology of waiting in line and the calming effect that loading bars, animations and spinning wheels can have on a person. Gary Carsley will perform raucous alternative narratives, wittily and willingly disrupting established historical narratives and cultural norms while Samia Sayed delves into the world of women taking over the usually male-dominated space of culture. car burnout.
Live Dreams: REVEL parades ideas of pleasure as well as politics and revels in dissent, offering us an alternative to chaos.
Performance Space and Carriageworks will continue to provide a clean and safe gathering space and implement all health measures outlined by the NSW Government at the time of the event.
For full program details as they are announced, visit https://performancespace.com.au/programs/current-programs/live-dreams-may/