On the Couch with Ashley Dyer

Ashley-Dyer-Arts-Review-On-the-CouchWho is Ashley Dyer?
At the moment, I’m a performance maker. In recent times, in dance and theatre, I’ve worked on  various projects with former and current prisoners, refugees, asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking. Right now, though, I’m obsessed with earthquakes and using low frequency sound to make everyday objects dance and sing.

What would you do differently to what you do now?   
Exercise, read more and grow hair.

Who inspires you and why?
Andrew Morrish: when I spend time with him, I want to be a better human.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
If I could do anything, I’d implement an international open border policy, tackle social disadvantage for the bottom  10% of Australians and end the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. Then as a secondary concern I’d deregulate OHS and rid the world of telephone customer service holding times.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I don’t go on holidays very often, but I was fishing on Bruny Island last year – the most azure beautiful water ever, and lots of quolls.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
When the sun’s out, cycling or walking along a section of the Merri Creek Trail. When it’s raining, a warm cafe for a pretentiously named breakfast and coffee.

What are you currently reading?
This is Your Brain On Music – Daniel Levitin. The Revolving Door by Tenaganita.

What are you currently listening to?
Fabula – Maria João

Happiness is?
Puppies sprinting after each other in the park.

What does the future hold for you?
I’m just finishing a two year cycle of work and had five large outcomes in four cities this year. So, after a short break, I’m looking forward to starting new work. This will include travelling to Slovenia to work with a local singer/dancer and to Switzerland to work with a couple of theatre makers.

The third work in a series of dance-portraits, Ashley will present the multi-artform performance, Tremor at Arts House – North Melbourne Town Hall: 16 – 20 November 2016. For more information, visit: www.artshouse.com.au for details.

Image: Ashley Dyer