Distraction Society

mf-under-my-skin-2014-photo-by-pippa-samayaThis year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival will see contemporary dancers Anna Seymour and Amanda Lever present Distraction Society – a dance work inspired by graffiti artist Banksy’s Mobile Lovers, at Footscray’s Bluestone Church Arts Space for a limited season from 16 September 2016.

This highly visual and physical dance duet examines the forces of attraction, attention and distraction in our so-­called highly connected society. Even in our intimate moments, we are constantly distracted. This work shows two bodies as opposing forces working in intense physical momentum together yet against one another. It asks how technology is changing society, and us in personal ways.

Distraction Society is the third dance project Anna Seymour and Amanda Lever have collaborated on. They performed in The Delta Project’s Under My Skin (Next Wave, 2016) and Amanda Lever’s Hypnagogia (Kingston Arts Centre & Conduit Arts 2014 & 2015).

They are excited to join forces once again to indulge in their shared love for the contact duet art-­form as well as experimenting with innovative choreography. Anna is Deaf and Amanda is hearing. They work with ways in making dance a visual, visceral, and kinaesthetic experience for performers and audiences.

Anna Seymour has worked for Ballet Lab, KAGE, co-­founded The Delta Project, and for independent choreographers. Anna was successful in being a recipient of Fringe’s Compass Mentoring Program which supports artists from diverse backgrounds to present their first ever Fringe work.

Distraction Society
Bluestone Church Arts Space, 10A Hyde Street, Footscray
Performances: 16 – 18 September 2016
Information and Bookings: www.melbournefringe.com.au

Image: Anna Seymour and Amanda Lever – photo Pippa Samaya