23 December 2017
Having spent months at sea, lurching with the waves, constantly in motion, Canberra’s own James Batchelor returns to The Playhouse with his latest work, Deepspace.
In 2016 James Batchelor and visual artist Annalise Rees were invited to be official voyage artists on a 2-month expedition at sea studying remote islands in the sub-Antarctic. Deepspace is the work that emerged from this time.
The expedition, led by The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in Australia, took place on Australia’s Marine National Facility the RV Investigator, a state of the art marine research vessel.
Together, the artists, scientists, and crew journeyed to the UNESCO World Heritage Heard and McDonald Islands, with the purpose of studying submarine volcanoes and their relationship to the Earth’s biosphere.
The expedition created an environment where art and science were occurring simultaneously, and from that a variety of overlaps began to emerge. While art and science are two distinct disciplines, they both employ methods of enquiry, and both seek to uncover truths about the world, and in this sense there’s a synergy to their practise.
“As a choreographer this was a particularly unique and inspiring environment to study and research the body. The extreme isolation, confinement and repetitiveness of my daily experience required a profoundly different approach to space and time. For the duration of the two-month journey, ‘work’ was occurring at every moment. On a constantly moving platform in the world’s roughest ocean, simply searching for stillness and stability was ‘work’. From this unfamiliarity, I developed a particular sensitivity to the body.” James Batchelor
In the research for this work, James put his body between extremities; remoteness and proximity, connectedness and isolation, certainty and uncertainty. What has emerged is a combination of dance, sound and installation. Deepspace is a mesmerising, intimate performance that examines our lust for adventure, and curiosity for the unknown.
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James Batchelor and Collaborators
55 minutes, no interval.
This show is suitable for children.
ON STAGE UNRESERVED
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