Branch Nebula’s research project will take place over two part-time weeks offsite asa series of interventions in skate parks. They will collaborate with artists who habitually probe the urban landscape: street-style artists, skaters, BMXers, and parkourists, together with contemporary dance artists and a musician to enter into more experimental territory, exchanging improvisational techniques with street-style artists. Rehearsal is replaced with personal practice time in the skate park, and set choreography with improvisation. The artists infiltrate the site and take whatever comes; whoever is there, whatever is there, as subject. Is it possible to create spontaneous interventions with an outcome worthy of a performance? Every action, with its successes, failures, and risks happens under the eyes of the public. Onlookers and other users of the skate park make an impact on outcomes in unplanned ways.
Branch Nebula is the co-creation of Lee Wilson and Mirabelle Wouters. Founded in 1998, they have developed a reputation for making innovative works that explore contemporary culture as a means of creating access and speaking to a broad audience.
Danny Campbell and Antek Marciniec, Concrete and Bone Sessions. Sydney Festival 2012. Photo: Heidrun Löhr.