PACT Picnic #4

Forever in development. How to break the cycle?

PACT Centre of Emerging Artists hosted a picnic and discussion to mark the end of their Dancendents festival with ReadyMade Works.

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The provocation for this discussion:

“Ever been sucked into the creative development vortex? Is there such a thing as “over creating”? Is there an imbalance with creative development and presentation in your practice?
2, 3, or more year creative developments is a growing trend. Artists are making huge commitments in making certain works over a long period but where are the presentation opportunities? At this discussion, we’ll talk with expert artists and producers on when and how they stop making and start showing.”

Speakers: Kath Melbourne (Executive Producer, Legs on the Wall), Rhiannon Newton (Dancendents artist), Leah Landau (Dancendents artist), Narelle Benjamin (independent artist), Kym Vercoe (independent artist) and Katy Green Loughrey (Associate Producer, Talks and Ideas, Sydney Opera House).
Facilitated by Katrina Douglas (PACT AD/CEO) and Linda Luke (Associate Director ReadyMade Works).

some things mentioned:

-multiple projects overlapping
-devised theatre
-3 hour shows
-the demise of the interval
alain platel’s work (book links)
-show vs showing vs sharing
-fitting into the machine
-platforms for presentation
-fringe festivals Melb Syd Adelaide
-spaces for contemporary theatre have shifted more to being visual art spaces ie Performance Space
-the space between funding rounds
-hologram dancers as a cheaper alternative
-”it is a privilege being an artist because it’s fucking fantastic but it is a career, it’s a valid career choice” – Kym Vercoe
“then it’s not humbling it’s just shit” – Kym Vercoe

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Matt Cornell is based in the Asia-Pacific region and grew up in Darwin, on Larrakia land. He works through dance, choreography, sound, photography, and discussion to question the arbitrary configuration of systems, and is passionate about overcoming cognitive bias... to ask better questions… to dissolve malignant social narratives.

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