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Lady Example

May 2018

Next Wave Festival

Presented by the Substation and Next Wave

March 2019

DANCEMASSIVE

Presented by Arts House 

 

An intentionally undefined, expansive horde of stimulus is ground down, knitted into a fine weave, over a slow process guided strongly by our intuition, and our personal baggage. We offer up a semiotic field for our audiences to wander through, undertaking your own journeys of recognition and confusion, completing the work with your own subconscious.

 

We describe LADY EXAMPLE as ‘a dance of bodies, words and women.’ We choreograph the moving, interacting body, as well as language, theatre, reference and design. From within the broad theme of ‘women,’ we found patterns emerging around performativity, role playing, teaching and learning, inherited behaviour and expectations. Our ‘libretto’ is drawn from a bank of miscellaneous language artefacts, gathered over four years, then mashed up and merged with the dance. The resulting “denatured language” (Alison Croggon) toys with recognition, and what to make of it is ultimately up to you (Personal responsibility, honey).

 

 

"...a phenomenal show that works even though, by all means, it should collapse under its own towering ambitions."

Jana Perkovic, The Age 

"Lady Example is a bewildering bricolage of behaviours and performances, knitted together with total assurance. You feel that it ought to crumble beneath the weight of its own spiralling aspirations. Instead, I found myself enthralled by a precision of judgement and execution that draws together this unclassifiable work into a fascinating unity."

Alison Croggon, Witness Performance

Choreography, Performance and Direction

ALICE DIXON, CAROLINE MEADEN, WILLIAM MCBRIDE

Performance

BEN HURLEY, FLEUR CONLON, JOANNE WHITE, HANNAH MONSON, LUKE FRYER, PATRICK DURNAN-SILVA, EMMA RICHES, SCOTT ELSTERMANN 

Lighting

JASON CRICK (Next Wave), JEN HECTOR (DANCEMASSIVE)

Costumes and Set

MATILDA WOODROOFE

Sound

EMAH FOX

Producer

ERIN MILNE (BUREAU OF WORKS)

Awards

Nominee: Green Room Award for Best Ensemble (Dance)

Nominee: Green Room Award for Best Production

Nominee: Green Room Award for Sound Composition (Emah Fox)

Nominee: Green Room Award for Best Performer (Caroline Meaden) 

Dance Massive season filmed by Takeshi Kondo

Next Wave season filmed by Mischa Baka

Lady Example's development and presentation was made possible with support from the Besen Family Foundation, Creative Victoria, the Australia Council for the Arts, City of Melbourne, Creative Partnerships Australia, City of Maribyrnong, Vitalstatistix, the Substation, Next Wave, Arts House and numerous individual donors.