The highly charged and evocative sound and smell of a struck match provide the ignition point for A Small Prometheus – a new work for five dancers about the consequences of small actions and the fragility of physical systems.
Throughout A Small Prometheus, combustion and transformation drive the unfolding choreography as dancers synchronise, mesh and collide.
Two of Australia’s most exciting and uncompromising artists, choreographer Stephanie Lake and audio visual artist Robin Fox, seamlessly interlace choreography, sound and objects to create rich tension in a work that swings deftly between chaotic free-form experiments and mechanically intricate moments.
Four fire-driven kinetic sculptures become part of live interactive movement that intertwines between dancer, sculpture and machine. The heat from the flames moves hanging musical mobiles that create a soundscape of delicate, modular and multi-timbrel loops.
As the choreography develops around the fire driven sculptures, dancers tap into the interlocking rhythmic patterns, moving towards a highly physical and idiosyncratic language that explores the intricate dynamics of human interaction, detailed and exacting, with the physical limitations of the dancers pushed to create a strange and enthralling world.
The premiere of A Small Prometheus features some of Melbourne’s outstanding dancers who have worked with Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc and BalletLab, including Alana Everett, Lauren Langlois (2012 Greenroom Award nominee and 2013 Helpmann Award nominee), Rennie McDougall, Lily Paskas and Lee Serle (Dance Massive 2013 and Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative recipient).
Choreographer / Co-creator: Stephanie Lake Composer and Sculpture Designer / Co-creator: Robin Fox Performers: Alana Everett, Lauren Langlois, Rennie McDougall, Lily Paskas, Lee Serle Lighting Designer: Jen Hector Costume Designer: Harriet Oxley Production Manager: Richard Dinnen
A Small Prometheus
Arts House – North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Season: 15 – 20 October 2013
Bookings: (03) 9322 3713 or online at: www.artshouse.com.au
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Image: Robin Fox