PANORAMIC SUITE, SUE HEALEY will be presented by Performance Space in June

Performance Space, in association with Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District, Aichi Prefectural Art Theatre, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No.1 and with the support of the City of Sydney, is proud to present the Australian premiere of the stunning live video and dance by Sue Healey installation On View: Panoramic Suite at Sydney Town Hall. Recipient of the Australia Council Award for Dance in 2021, Healey created this ambitious new body of work over eight years in collaboration with artists from Hong Kong, Japan and Australia.

Appearing for two days only, Monday June 28 and Tuesday June 29 at Sydney Town Hall, you can experience On View: Panoramic Suite as a captivating multi-screen video installation during each day. Then, each evening, the installation is activated by a transformative and poetic live dance performance.

On View: Panoramic Suite is an ambitious evolution of Sue Healey’s On View project: a series of cinematic and live portraits of diverse dance artists, launched in 2014. On View: Panoramic Suite involves more than 27 artists from three different countries – Australia, Hong Kong and Japan. These precise and meditative studies of dancers aged 28 to 106 create a panoramic vision of these extraordinary individuals who cross a breathtaking range of cultures, dance styles and geographies. The result is a moving reflection on the nuances of the dancing body and its cultural landscape.

On View: Panoramic Suite is a work that challenges the way we perceive a dancer’s presence, gaze, gesture, movement, strength and rhythm, revealing how the dancer exhibits qualities that are both tangible and intangible. Shot in stunning locations across Asia, and with standout performances from every dancer, Healey’s eight years of work culminates in a stunning 2-day-only installation at Sydney’s majestic City Hall.

Healey’s previous work has been rated “Outstanding. 5 Stars”. by Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald, July 2015 and has been described by ART AND AUSTRALIA as “hauntingly beautiful…Healey’s video portraits defy easy definition, blurring the distinctions between art, documentary, biography and performance.”

Sue Healey is an award-winning choreographer, filmmaker and installation artist based in Sydney. Internationally acclaimed, she has presented her work in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan and Hong Kong and is particularly known for her skillful and groundbreaking fusion of dance and film. Her work draws inspiration from dance as a transformative and poetic language, but transcends the boundaries of form, revealing the universality of movement.

On View: Panoramic Suite was originally commissioned as a live performance and video work featuring dancers from each country, premiering in Japan in February 2020 and scheduled to tour Hong Kong and Australia. Following the pandemic and subsequent border closures, Healey worked with presenting partners to adapt this work into a large-scale video installation, enabled by local artists in each city visited. A great example of artists’ resilience and ingenuity as they adapt to our post-pandemic world, On View: Panoramic Suite will be touring Hong Kong’s West Kowloon cultural district in December this year. . On View: Panoramic Suite is the latest in a long line of collaborations between Healey and Performance Space. This commission also continues Performance Space’s strong history of collaboration with Asia-Pacific organizations and artists, which continues to thrive despite the challenges of the pandemic.

Evening performances will include five famous Sydney dance artists: Martin del Amo, Raghav Handa, Nanette Hassall, Eileen Kramer and Nalina Wait.

The video installation presents 27 artists from three countries.

From Japan: Naoko Shirakawa, Kenta Kojiri, Ema Yuasa, Nobuyoshi Asai, Saori Hala

From Hong Kong: Abby Chan, Hugh Cho, Mui Cheuk-yin, Yuh Egami, Joseph LeeJennifer Mok, Ivy Tsui, Qiao Yang, Yang Yun Tao, Daniel Yeung

From Australia: Dame Lucette Aldous, Martin del Amo, James Batchelor, Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, Shona Erskine, Benjamin Hancock, Raghav Handa, Nanette Hassall, Eileen KramerElma Kris, Shirley McKechnie, Nalina Wait

A collaboration with Australian artist Jane Theau extends the materiality of this work into a new dimension – life-size wire sculptures of some of the dancers become another palette of sensory investigation.

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