Rosalind Crisp is back at The Drill working with collaborators Vic McEwan, Peter Fraser and Andrew Morrish, sharing practice and exploring the issues of their ongoing project DIRt (Dance In Regional disasTer zones)
They will give a public seminar performance on Sun 30 Sep, 4pm
To RSVP for the event click HERE
DIRt was initiated by Rosalind Crisp in Orbost in 2017, drawing artists and ecologists together to ask how dance and arts practice can embody, understand and connect to unfolding environmental devastation in East Gippsland.
The artists will bring dance, video and sound work developed on Mt. Delusion, where widespread industrial logging is converting complex native forests into agricultural mono-crops and Orbost, where planned burns are decimating local wildlife.
After 60 years of inhabiting these places, they are contained in my body. Our familial connection is continuous despite the devastation of much of their materiality. Crashing between the grief and joy of being part of a vibrant rural community, between dancing in sheds, halls and theatres around the world and dancing in the dirt of ruined places I love(d). How do they talk to each other – the love and the rant, the practice and the activism? What can dance do? Without an intimate knowledge of this land we live in, how can we as artists move beyond its ongoing, colonial destruction? R. Crisp
Many thanks to the following organisations for supporting DIRt: East Gippsland Art Gallery, East Gippsland Shire Council, Dancehouse Melbourne, Artlands festival of Regional Arts Victoria, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and the Regional Arts Fund. The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund is provided through Regional Arts Victoria, administered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.
DIRt Mt Delusion by Andrew Morrish
DIRt Marlo burn by Shelly Nundra