James Batchelor and collaborators (Australia)
Choreographer / Performer / Concept: James Batchelor
Composer / Sound Designer: Morgan Hickinbotham
Producer / Concept: Bek Berger
Lighting Designer: HØV (Matthew Adey)
Illustrator / Designer: Amber McCartney
Developed with partners: Centro per la Scena Contemporanea (Bassano del Grappa), Dance 4 (Nottingham), Canberra Theatre Center and Dancehouse (Melbourne).
Supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Creative Partnerships Australia, through the Australian Cultural Fund. Also supported by The Besen Family Foundation, The Keir Foundation and Michael Adena and Joanne Daly.
(c) Morgan Hickinbotham
From the human body to the cosmos, Hyperspace is an inquiry into the metrics we use to measure the deep unknowns of the universe. It proposes a study of the human body seen through the prism of cosmology, a mapping of the universe within and around it. The interior and exterior landscapes of the body are deconstructed, producing a self-critique of the masculine body and its dominance in space exploration. In Hyperspace, the fleshy material of the body bends, stretches and is reconfigured as alien transmutation, appearing simultaneously colossal and microscopic.
Hyperspace is the third in a series of works from James Batchelor and his collaborators that grew from a unique opportunity to be part of a scientific expedition to study sub-Antarctic islands in 2016.
James Batchelor is one of Australia’s leading young choreographers. His work is known for its visual clarity, architectural sensitivity to space and rhythmic playfulness. Movement is hypnotically focused and detailed that draws audiences into a contemplative and imaginative realm. His practice is collaborative, spanning mediums of dance, film, music and sculpture. The result is highly original and immersive performances of impact and scale that resonate with diverse audiences internationally.
James’ mission as an artist is to make work that inspires curiosity. To shift assumptions, widen awareness and create possibility. He strives to find ways that dance can be a conversation, collaboration and exchange with other disciplines and communities. In 2016 James was an artist in residence on a two-month expedition to the sub-Antarctic Heard and McDonald islands. Since this experience, there has been a particular focus in his work on the intersection of science and arts.
James trained at the Victorian College of the Arts graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts (Dance) in 2012. Over the last five years he has generated an extensive body of work in Australia including commissions from Chunky Move (Redshift), Dance Massive (Deepspace), Dancehouse (Island), Keir Choreographic Award (Metasystems, Inhabited geometries) and the National Portrait Gallery of Australia (Smooth translation).
His international work is focused mainly in Europe and Asia, as a performer he has worked with internationally renowned choreographers such as Iván Pérez, Anouk van Dijk (Chunky Move), Antony Hamilton, Prue Lang, Stephanie Lake and Sue Healey.
Annamaria Ajmone (Italy)
Written and performed by: Annamaria Ajmone
Music: Palm Wine
Costumes: Jules Goldsmith
Technical direction: Giulia Pastore
Production: CAB 008
With the support of: Regione Toscana and MiBAC
Co-production: Cango/Umano – Cantieri internazionali sui linguaggi del corpo e della danza (International Sites for Dance the Languages of the body)
In collaboration with: Teatro della Toscana
(c) Michela Di Savino
Trigger is a movable system, that organises itself differently according to the location where it’s being hosted. The system reshapes the geometry of the space and, vice versa, the space itself transforms the performance action.
The choreographic score, developing in the inside and outside of the perimeter of a geometric figure
inscribed in the venue, is constituted of pre-established units of movement, which are arranged with one another in instantaneous ways. The audience is seated along the sides of the figure, so as to share the scenic space with the performance.
Trigger is a personal exploration that, for a limited period of time, aims at transforming a space into a “place”. This becomes a shelter, a crossing point and the nest of a body that, in a state of perpetual listening, amplifies the spaces which are internal and external to itself.
Trigger is a part of a choreographic project Arcipelago/pratiche di abitazione temporanea, actions built to be experienced in non-theatrical spaces.
Annamaria Ajmone is a dancer and choreographer. After graduation in Italian literature, she studied dance at Civica Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi, Milano. Her works are presented in contemporary dance and theatre festivals, museums, art galleries and in venues not originally meant for performance in Italy, Europe and the USA. Annamaria won the prize “Best young Italian Performer 2015”. In Italy she co-organize the open-source format for exchange of practices in the performing arts: Nobody’s Business.