DANCING SCULPTURE LAUNCH
Date: Friday 11 August , 3pm
Venue: Level 3 Foyer, Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne
The Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne invites you to the opening performance of Dancing Sculpture; an experience of modern dance and its transformation of movement and gesture in the twentieth century.
Fri 11 Aug: 3pm, Sat 12 Aug: 3pm and Sun 13 Aug: 12pm, 3pm
These performances have been programmed as part of Leap Into the Modern – a one day symposium exploring modern dance in Australia from the 1930’s, curated by Professor Rachel Fensham and Dr Jordan Beth Vincent.
THE DEMON MACHINE
Dance students from the Victorian College of Arts perform choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser’s Demon Machine (1924), a work of modern dance which toured Australia for nearly two decades beginning in 1939. This recreation by Carol Brown follows reconstructions by Shona Dunlop-MacTavish (1980); and Evelyn Ippen and Bettina Vernon (1985,1988).
ACTS OF BECOMING
Acts Of Becoming is a solo of displaced memories and survival traces. Originally made in 1995 as an homage to Gertrud Bodenwieser, Carol Brown has re-developed this performance for the NGV through layers, words and gestures from the archives of former Bodenwieser Tanzgruppe dancers.
RELEASING HER ARCHIVE (FILM)
Vibrating inside dance memories, the film Releasing Her Archive returns to the past to revitalize the practices of choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser (b.1890 Vienna, d.1959 Sydney).
This performance has been funded through the University of Melbourne, Engagement Grant 2017 and School of Culture and Communication with support from The Australian Centre and the University of Melbourne, Victorian College of Arts.