Research Residency: DIRt

Rosalind Crisp will spend a week working with Peter Fraser, Vic McEwan and Andrew Morrish continuing to share practice and explore similar issues on the ongoing project DIRt.

The main ‘topic’ is around dance in the anthropocene. Our responsibility for the ongoing destruction of biodiversity in Australia. What can art do? 4 artists dancing, talking, projecting, writing..  deepening questions & processes from DIRt Orbost (organised by Rosalind Crisp/Omeo Dance).

In the first DIRt (January 2017) Rosalind Crisp invited six artists to Orbost, Victoria – one of the most pillaged eco-systems in Australia. Artists had field trips and talks from the local Aboriginal Council and local ecologists, exploring sites of environmental, social and economic degradation caused by years of logging and the damning of rivers. These field trips were folded into the daily dancing, filming, performing, writing and conversing.

The group will run a SEMINAR on Saturday 11 March, 3-5pm to talk about their ongoing project DIRt, outcomes from their residency. It’s free and open to the public. To book email [email protected]

Rosalind Crisp is one of Australia’s most established dance artists, founder of Omeo Dance studio Sydney, choreographic associate of Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson, honorary fellow of the University of Melbourne-VCA and Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Dame of the Arts – France). Over thirty years she has developed a radical physical critique of dance, her current work is concerned with dance’s capacity to enact change in this time of extinctions.

Vic McEwan is the Artistic Director of The Cad Factory, an artist led organisation creating an international program of new, immersive and experimental work guided by authentic exchange, ethical principles, people and place. Working with sound, video, installation and performance, he is interested in creating new dynamics by working with diverse partners and exploring difficult themes within the lived experience of communities and localities. Vic was the 2015 Artist in Residence at the National Museum of Australia and the recipient of the Inaugural Arts NSW Regional Fellowship 2014/16.
Peter Fraser’s performance investigates the body as ecology. Work with De Quincey Co Ensemble since 1992 includes extended desert and other site-specific work and Metadata, 2016. Other recent work includes co-director/performer, Melbourne 47, (47 site-specific performances) Environmental Performance Authority, 2016; Sounds like movement, exploring sound/movement/materials, FOLA, 2014; Compress/DecompresseXchange, Taipei Arts Festival, 2015

Andrew Morrish started improvising with Al Wunder’s Theatre of the Ordinary in Melbourne in 1982. From 1987 to 1999, he was half of the duo “Trotman & Morrish” performing throughout Australia and in the USA. Andrew is recognised as a senior figure in the improvisation communities in Australia and Europe. He is currently a recipient of the Australia Council Dance Fellowship.

Image: Rosalind Crisp

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