Benjamin Hancock & James Andrews: Between Us

Shimmering, crystalline performance @ Day for Night: 24HRS, 20 – 21 February 2016

DATE: Saturday and Sunday 20-21 February
Time: 2:30 - 6pm Saturday and 2:30-5pm Sunday

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Benjamin Hancock and James Andrews are two of Australia’s most outstanding young dance artists. From working with acclaimed Australian companies and choreographers (including Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc and Sue Healey), to captivating audiences at Tasmania’s MONA FOMA and DARK MOFO festivals, to taking Melbourne’s underground club and party scene by storm with their brilliant and mercurial performance interventions, Andrews and Hancock move seamlessly between works of scale and intimate encounters, disrupting assumptions about gender, sexuality and the body along the way.

For Day for Night: 24HRS, Andrews and Hancock will create two distinct but intertwining solo dance works in intimate spaces that invite audiences to get right up close. Andrews’ shimmering, crystalline performance will bend light to create multiple bodies and shimmering illusions, exploring and unraveling masculinity and mythology. Hancock’s dark, glittering performance installation explores the continuity of the body with atoms, energy, and the universe – colliding masculinity and femininity, flesh and matter. Together, Andrews’ and Hancock’s works will open up new possibilities for the body, and how it might slip and morph through a broader spectrum of gendered possibilities.

 

ABOUT BENJAMIN HANCOCK [MELBOURNE]:

Benjamin Hancock is a young Melbourne-based dancer and choreographer. He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2008 with a Bachelor of Dance.

 He is a much sought after performer and has worked with some of Australia’s leading choreographers in contemporary dance, including Sue Healey (ON VIEW, 2015), Prue Lang (SPACEPROJECT 2015), Antony Hamilton (Keep Everything, 2014, 2012), Martin del Amo (Slow Dances For Fast Times, 2013), Narelle Benjamin (Course, 2013), Gideon Obarzanek/Chunky Move (Assembly, 2011) and Lucy Guerin Inc (Untrained, 2011).

Other Artists include: Anthony Breslin, Brous, Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes, Cobie Orger, David Wells, Dirty Three, Francis Rings, James Welsby, Katie Noonan & The Captains, Kirsha Kaechele (MONA Gallery), Opera Australia, Paul Malek, Prue Lang, Richard Nylon, Sex On Toast, Strut & Fret, Super Wild Horses, Supple Fox, Tristan Meecham and Vertical Shadows.

Most recently, Benjamin performed in Sue Healeys’ ON VIEW at Performance Space Sydney.

Benjamin is also a prolific solo performer, having presented work for Chunky Move’s Next Move (Princess 2014), Lucy Guerin Inc’s Pieces For Small Spaces, Faux Mo at the Mona Foma and Dark MOFO Festivals in Hobart, and a variety of Sydney/Melbourne clubs and short works festivals.

Benjamin is an Artistic Associate and founding member of 2ndToe, whom he has been working with since 2007.

INSTAGRAM: bendy_ben

 

ABOUT JAMES ANDREWS [MELBOURNE]:

James Andrews is an Australian dancer and dance maker working in the realms of experimental contemporary dance as well as the underground queer club landscape. Alongside his dance practice he maintains a broader practice spanning sound, costume and visual design.

Since graduating from the VCA he has worked with a range of artists and companies including Lee Serle, Jo Lloyd, Antony Hamilton, Chunky Move, Supple Fox, MONA, Ghost Pictures, Exit Films, Stephanie Lake, Adam Wheeler, ACCA, James Welsby, Strut & Fret and Shian Law to name but a few. James is also an Artistic Associate of 2NDTOE presenting collaborative work, as well as his own solo work, in various forms around Australia.

Recent credits include solo works “An Other” and “I Can Disappear.” as well as Antony Hamilton “RUTH”, Lee Serle “P.O.V.”, Jo Lloyd “24 Hours NOISE”, James Welsby “HEX” (Australian Tour 2015), Egle Budvytyte “Some were carried, some – dragged behind.” (ACCA), 2NDTOE “FAMILY”, Ghost Pictures “Ecco Homo”, various projects and events for DARK MOFO (MONA Hobart, 2013-15) and Performance Space Stephen Cummins Bequest 2015 (Sydney).

INSTAGRAM: jandruze

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