Monsoon is a transcultural, multidisciplinary research and performance platform for Asian and European artists initiated by German choreographer Arco Renz (Artistic Director, Kobalt Works, Belgium). Critical Path will host a Monsoon Australia residency, working during 2 weeks with nine artists from Europe, Asia, and Australia. Co-curated and co-facilitated by Arco Renz, David Pledger and Margie Medlin, Monsoon will explore artistic material through dramaturgical input, using a round-robin format to maximise cross cultural engagement. The project seeks to engage artists, as well as cultural operators and organisations with the values of serious artistic exploration in an interdisciplinary and cosmopolitan arts context.
Monsoon brings together artists from diverse cultural and geographic backgrounds, and from varied artistic traditions and practices, and challenges them to discover pathways to collaboration. Nine dance or body-related interdisciplinary artists meet in a “blind date” that develops into a round-robin format in which partners rotate. The names of the participants will not be revealed before meeting in Sydney on November 1st. This is the only way to allow “blind dates” to take place.
PARTICIPANTS: Adelina Larsson, Ahilan Ratnamohan, Geumhyung Jeong, Joseph Keith (JK) Anicoche, Nathan Gray, Olet Khamchanla, Rebecca Jensen, Rita Pinto de Morais, Venuri Perera.
1-2, 13-14 November: Critical Path
3 -12 November: Bundanon Trust
Monsoon Australia was developed by Kobalt Works and Critical Path and co-curated and co-facilitated by Arco Renz, Margie Medlin and David Pledger
David Pledger is an Australian intermedia artist working within and between the performing, visual and media arts in Australia, Asia and Europe. davidpledger.com
Arco Renz (BE) studied dance, theatre, and literature in Berlin and Paris and was part of the first generation of graduates of P.A.R.T.S.
Photo: Claudia Chidiac