Presented by Arts House
Wed 13 Nov, 5.30pm
Free, booking required
This event includes a free light dinner
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
Makeshift Gathering: Why Care About/For The Audience? Participation in Contemporary Performance
by Bron Batten (host and curator), Malcolm Whittaker, Joel Bray
Participatory performance challenges the boundaries of an audience, along with the artists who create it.
What part does care and consent play? And in what ways does participation transgress the audience/artist divide? Is it necessary at all? Is it exciting and daring – or merely cringe worthy?
From intimate and personal interactions to larger community spectacles, this Makeshift gathering will grapple with the care, ethics and strategies of participatory performance.
This event includes a free light dinner courtesy of Sorghum Sisters.
About the Artists
Bron Batten’s performance-making and curatorial practice involves the creation of live works featuring non-artists as collaborators. She creates performance situations which establish risk and tangible stakes within a theatrical environment, exploring vulnerability, improvisation, audience participation and the tension between the real and the performed. She has toured her work all over Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the UK and completed residencies in Paris, Berlin, Glasgow, New York, Chicago and Lithuania.
Joel Bray is a proud Wiradjuri dancer, writer and performance maker. Bray uses a contemporary toolbox to breathe life into ancient ritual and practice, to create work that moves between spoken text and textured improvisation movement. His work is conversational and confessional and often made for intimate settings that create unique person-to-person encounters between performer and audience. His critically acclaimed work Biladurang which won Best Performance 2017 at Melbourne
Fringe Festival, is touring nationally. Dharawungara was commissioned and produced by Chunky Move to five-star reviews. Training at NAISDA and West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Bray was engaged as a technical and virtuosic dancer with companies in Europe and Israel, including Hofesh Shechter Company and Fresco Yoram Karmi Dance Company and has danced and toured with Chunky Move since 2014.
Malcolm Whittaker is a cis male who works as an artist, writer, researcher and performer. He does this in solo pursuits, as a founding member of performance collective Team MESS and in collaborations with other artists and non-artists. His work is mostly made and executed through the engagement of participants and collaborators in the framing of play spaces that adopt social forms and rituals of popular culture and the everyday.
Supported by – The City of Melbourne through Arts House
Image by – Bryony Jackson