LIVEWORKS 2017 | CARRION
PRESENTED BY PERFORMANCE SPACE, A WORLD PREMIERE
WED 25 OCT, 9PM
THURS 26 OCT, 9PM
FRI 27 OCT, 9PM
SAT 28 OCT, 3PM & 9PM
What does it mean to be human, in an era when our destructive influence over the planet is redefining the laws of nature? This magnetic new solo performance by Justin Shoulder introduces the figure of Carrion: a post-human spectre that has the ability to shapeshift into multiple forms and speak multiple languages.
With an ego driven by nostalgia Carrion wanders an archaeological site uncovering objects. As Carrion’s journey unfolds, we glimpse startling new truths about simulation, consumption and worship in an age of excess and acceleration.
Drawing on queer and ancestral mythologies, Carrion transports us into a place where the distant past collides with the far future, alerting us to the changes that already lie within ourselves.
Lighting and Visual Design
Matthew Stegh & Justin Shoulder
Carrion contains nudity, strobe and smoke effects. Recommended for ages 13+. Latecomers will not be admitted.
28 October 2017, 9pm – Audio description and Tactile & Kinesthetic Tours available. See our accessibility page for more information. Duration of 60 minutes.
JUSTIN SHOULDER IN CONVERSATION WITH JEFF KHAN
SUN 29 OCT, 4:00 – 5:00PM
Performance Space Artistic Director Jeff Khan joins prolific Sydney performance artist Justin Shoulder for a conversation about his major new work Carrion, which makes its world premiere in Liveworks this year. Carrion draws on queer and cross-cultural mythologies to explore what it means to be human in a rapidly evolving technological landscape. Long-time collaborators, Shoulder and Khan will discuss Shoulder’s working process and the ideas of nature, artifice, technology, climate change and humanity that underpin this new work.
BEYOND THE HUMAN WITH JUSTIN SHOULDER
FRI 27 OCT, 12:00PM – 2:00PM
Join Justin Shoulder to discover the process for bodily transformation that he used to create his new work Carrion. In this workshop you will explore strategies for articulating forms beyond the human using improvised movement, simple prosthesis and source imagery. Justin will guide participants through a series of exercises that illustrate how choreographic and costume elements interact to create unique and memorable characterisations.
The audio description for this event has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
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