LIVE DREAMS: CATASTROPHE. Image by Sophie Penkethman-Young. (1)
LIVE DREAMS: CATASTROPHE. Image by Sophie Penkethman-Young.

Dates & Session Times

Friday 23 Oct - 4:30pm


Performance Space


Performance Space

Works that seek to grapple with, refuse, resolve or revel in the multiple layers of catastrophe we are experiencing.

Duration 2 hours

Artists & Project Titles

Katie Sfetkidis
How good is it...
A press conference from lock down in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.  Artist and former Mayoral candidate Katie Sfetkidis delivers a speech for our current political age reflecting on the looming sense of anxiety, fear and helplessness that is pervasive in our current democratic culture

Nikki Heywood, Mark Cauvin and Heidrun Lohr
Broadcast into Oblivion
Broadcast into Oblivion is in development as a chamber performance with vocal recitative alongside double bass, electronic sound, and projected image where the ‘libretto’ takes the form of a mangled manifesto, a vocal, musical and visual rave, or conjecture, or contemplation about how things – the universe and our human place in it – have been formed and may go on being formed; bumping into the limits of our own consciousness; evoking our anthropocentric hubris and our failure, backlit, perhaps, by the wonders of the cosmos. Through a time warped and sonically lush narrative of becomings, Broadcast into Oblivion invites the audience to travel from imagined beginnings to a dystopian present/future, along a radio signal to nowhere and everywhere. 

Natasha Tontey
The Order of Autophagia
The Order of Autophagia is an investigation to the notion of sustainability. It's a speculative practice in thinking how if human self-cycling their energy-making by auto-eating themselves, what would it be if human can consume their own hair scalps and fingernails as the source of energy?

Callum Mooney
Cosmos is a dance theatre work about consciousness, collaborating with projection work and sound design. The work explores topics of death, rebirth, afterlife and the damage to our planets environment. 

Dancers: Neale Whittaker, Kristie Pike 

Kieran Bryant
wetlets dripped down onto the back of my neck, from the figure above
Referencing liquid landscapes and water forms, this performance project adapts a poem I’ve written into a stage-based work. The text forms a loose autobiographical narrative that not only re-frames escape from a sexually abusive relationship, but also re-textualises that story into a larger discussion surrounding visibility and under representation of domestic abuse within queer relationships and community.

Live Dreams is a new series of curated events for our 2020 Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art, in which artists present their works- and-ideas-in-progress to test them with live audiences, receive feedback and discuss their next steps.

This year, the creative development of experimental work in familiar physical spaces - rehearsal rooms, studios, theatres, and via travel and residencies—has necessarily ceased. Performance Space is striving to support artists to continue creatively developing their work and honing their practice, often in inventive and resourceful new ways.

COVID-19; Keeping Everybody Safe
We are implementing comprehensive COVID-19 safety measures in line with current government directives, in order to create a safe and enjoyable festival experience for everyone. Please make sure you read our COVID-19 Safety steps before you join us at Carriageworks.

Respect Your Reservation
With minimum capacities in venues this year, we ask that you Respect Your Reservation and the amazing artists and creatives performing, regardless of cost. If you’re feeling unwell or can no longer join us, please let us know by 10am the day of the show so we can offer your seat to someone else. Please see our returns and exchanges policy for more details.

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