A brilliant double bill, each piece its own small festival highlight.
Artists SARAH-JANE NORMAN & NACERA BELAZA
DANCEHOUSE’s biennial Dance Territories program pairs an Australian and an international artist to explore the subtle connections ignited when their works collide.
The 2016 theme of BORDER LINES sees two artists question the boundaries between body and place in relation to the political and the personal implications of migration, dislocation, circulation and invasion. Indigenous Australian artist Sarah-Jane Norman’s live art installations The River’s Children and Take this, for it is my body dissect the impact Australia’s colonial history has had on the artist’s own body, offering incisive moments that unsettle the safety of historical distance. Norman’s work traverses artforms, inviting us to take our place in shared narratives.
Algerian-French choreographer Nacera Belaza brings to Melbourne her seminal piece THE SHOUT, performed with her sister. This duet observes the intersection of globalisation and sacred ritual. In Belaza’s words, “the scream is when the anchor does not let go.”
Produced by Compagnie Nacera Belaza in coproduction with Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Le Forum Blanc-Mesnil, AARC , French Embassy in Algeria with in-kind space support from Val-de-Marne Dance Biennale, Caen - Basse-Normandie National Choreographic Centre, Créteil National Choreographic Centre, Paris National Dance Centre, Cité internationale des arts. With support from DRAC Ile-de-France, Région Ile-de-France, Conseil général de la Seine-Saint-Denis, Association Beaumarchais, Culturesfrance / Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ONDA.
Choreography Nacera Belaza
Performers Nacera Belaza, Dalila Balza
Light Éric Soyer
Sound Design Christophe Renaud
Sound and Video Conception Nacera Belaza
RIVER’S CHILDREN & TAKE THIS…
Part of Unsettling Suite, a major Visual Arts commission for Performance Space's 2013 program Matters of Life and Death. With the support of the Australia Council for the Arts.
Concept, Performer Sarah-Jane Norman
IMAGE | Laurent Philippe
Presented in association with DANCEHOUSE