PERFORMANCE SPACE: BURUWAN (ISLAND)

Performance Space: BURUWAN (ISLAND) is a season of works by Australian artists that highlights the politics of our distinctive landscape through live performance, sculpture, and video installation

3 OCT - 29 NOV 2014
TICKETS: $25/$35
PS MEMBERSHIP: $130
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Performance Space presents BURUWAN (ISLAND); a season of interdisciplinary works that showcase a broad spectrum of Australian artists. A Dharug word for ‘island’, the name BURUWAN aptly frames five works that tackle forgotten moments in our history, explore the Australian gothic, and highlight the politics of our distinctive landscape through an exciting range of artforms.

Presented at Performance Space’s home base, Carriageworks, the four-week program features projects that are built on the collaborative efforts of some of Australia’s finest artists, resulting in works that seamlessly merge forms to create immersive, intimate and aesthetically striking experiences. BURUWAN (Island) features the works and worlds of iconic Torres Strait Islander artist Ken Thaiday Senior, as well as Alice Osborne & Regina Heilmann, Clare Britton, Halcyon McLeod, Kate McMillan, Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor & Nadeena Dixon, and more.

With multiple events taking place daily, make the most of BURUWAN with a daily double pass; or go that extra mile and sign up as a PS Member to attend all ticketed shows at Carriageworks for free!

 

  • KEN THAIDAY SNR
    FRI 3 OCT – MON 23 NOV
    DANCE + ARTIST TALK – SAT 4 OCT, 11AM 

    Renowned Torres Strait Islander artist Ken Thaiday’s extraordinary ‘dance machines’ traverse dance, installation and sculpture to explore the intersection of traditional Torres Straight Islander lore with contemporary life. The first major co-commission between Carriageworks and Performance Space, this large-scale exhibition will occupy the Carriageworks public space throughout the duration of BURUWAN (ISLAND) with an exclusive performance by Torres Strait Island dancers on SAT 4 OCT.

     

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  • MOMENT OF DISAPPEARANCE
    Kate McMillan and Cat Hope
    THURS 6 – SAT 29 NOV

    Visual artist Kate McMillan and composer Cat Hope join forces for The Moment of Disappearance, an installation that unveils the intertwining histories of imprisonment and banishment linked to island locations around Australia (Port Arthur, Wadjemup/Rottnest Island) and the Greek island of Pontikonisi through an atmospheric, immersive landscape of sound, sculpture and video. The exhibition traces legacies of the Enlightenment to their colonial manifestation in Australia through a narrative where a protagonist’s retreat to an island is followed by a rapid decent into madness, as memories of the past collapse into the present.

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  • IOU DANCE 3
    WED 12 – SAT 15 NOV 

    Following the success of iOU Dance and iOU Dance 2, the first iterations of this evening of short dance works, iOU Dance 3 will harness the power of dance at Performance Space once again this November. This season features a selection of short works from independent NSW choreographers – some of the very best local dance artists, presented by Performance Space in association with the University of New South Wales – Creative Practice Lab.

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  • THE FOX AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS
    WED 12 – SAT 22 NOV
    Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor and Nadeena Dixon (Deadly Directions)
    co-written by Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor and Alana Valentine

    The Fox and The Freedom Fighters is a new theatre work about Aboriginal activist Charles ‘Chicka’ Dixon, told from the perspective of his daughter Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor and granddaughter Nadeena Dixon. An iconic figure in Australian history, Chicka’s political activism left his family at the wayside at the height of his success. This is their story, a deeply personal recollection of the life and legacy of a man whose contribution to Indigenous cultural history is immeasurable.

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  • FALLING WOMAN
    Alice Osborne and Halcyon Macleod
    WED 26 – SAT 29 NOV

    The Australian premiere of an extraordinary new physical theatre work, Falling Woman is the brainchild of Halcyon Macleod (My Darling Patricia, The Piper, Posts in the Paddock) and theatre-maker Alice Osborne. Set against lush and threatening Australian landscapes, the Falling Woman (Alice Osborne) is stuck in a loop of physical torment, stumbling and falling under the sharp eye of The Witness (Regina Heilmann); a mysterious stranger in gold shoes.

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