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Samuel James

Presented in Season 2 2011

Presented by Arts House and Mobile States

5-9pm, Wed 3 Aug
5-9pm, Thurs 4 Aug
5-9pm, Fri 5 Aug
5-9pm, Sat 6 Aug
26 minutes (video installation, repeats every 26 minutes)

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne


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How do we inhabit space? In Samuel James’ Vivaria, meaning ‘place of life’, five dancers invoke their own psychological space in environments from Japan, Australia, Germany and beyond.

A grey wall of identical doors, a ghostly car park – industrial and post industrial, the tableaus are interchangeable, like shuffling a deck of cards. This mesmerizing, Kafkaesque four-screen installation explores the subjectivisation of urban space. Caught in perpetual hum drum motion or lost in an alien world, the performer is in paradox with the space they find themselves in, and appears, at times, to somehow have adapted to the imaginary environment.

Samuel James
Martin del Amo, Linda Luke, Peter Fraser, Lizzie Thomson, Georgie Read
Gail Priest
Paul Gazzola

Supported by – Vivaria was commissioned by Reeldance Inc. Toured by Performing Lines for Mobile States, with the support of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and through the national performing arts touring program, Playing Australia.
Image by – Samuel James