Presented by Arts House as part of Dance Massive
Tue 12 – Sat 16 Mar
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North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
Art as an avalanche in an unstable landscape. Provoked by the debilitating culture of individualism today, Public Actions rallies the audience as mobilised citizens. When the lines between observation and participation become blurred, artist and audience may enter into a collaborative relationship and work together to reconsider the question of art as a force for social cohesion.
Public Actions involves a compelling and diverse group of artists in a series of ruptures in the theatre. Parts 1 and 2, Public Action and Group Action are performative ‘happenings’, that terraforms the theatre and instigates a mass displacement and relocation. Part 3, A Call To Actions, is an exhibition of recorded documents of public happenings in Melbourne.
The three-part work highlights situations where bodies and objects, the artist and the public negotiate the social codes behind their collective actions, asking – how can we cultivate together a community that allows for risk?
‘Luke George’s work left a capacity audience tingling with internal animation knowing they had just experienced something as innovative as it was authentic.’ ArtsHub
‘His work is an exhilarating investigation of the present moment.’ ABC Arts
‘It takes a lot to move this audience. In fact it takes an explosion.’ Witness Performance
‘An intimate exploration of trust and acquiescence, artistry and sensuality, queerness and play; thrilling, exquisite and compelling.’ ArtsHub
Lead artist, concept and choreography: Luke George
Sound and Video Artist: Nick Roux
Performers: Brooke Powers, Latai Taumoepeau, Leah Landau, Luke George, Melanie Lane, Nick Roux, Russell Walsh, Timothy Harvey
Lighting Designer: Matthew Adey for Beizj Studio
Dramaturgy: Daniel Kok, Nicola Gunn
Producer: Alison Halit
Production Manager: Emily O’Brien
Supported by – Public Actions is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. The three parts were developed through residencies at The Abbotsford Convent Foundation; Liveworks Lab (Performance Space/Bundanon Trust); Temperance Hall; Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse); Tanzhaus Zürich (Zürich); and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Part 1: Public Action was originally commissioned by Carriageworks, Dancehouse and The Keir Foundation and premiered as part of the 2018 Keir Choreographic Awards
Part 2: Group Action is commissioned by Arts House CultureLAB
Part 3: A Call To Actions was developed in partnership with The Abbotsford Convent Foundation
Image by – Gregory Lorenzutti