PRIME: ORDERLY (2012-2013) FORM Dance Project
Prime Orderly: choreographic research into marine environments
Dean Walsh, Kathryn Puie, Natalie Ayton, with guests including Sarah Jane Pell
Prime: Orderly builds upon a solo performance by Dean Walsh titled AnEnemy which investigates perceptions of predator and enemy in the marine world through dance with an accompanied by a invited speaker. This performance exploration is a distillation of Dean Walsh's Australia Council for the Arts Dance Fellowship and his choreographic research into marine environments. I was delighted to be asked me to contribute by performing a short monolgue as an accompaniment to the dance works.
PRIME: ORDERLY Performance Poster. A Form Dance project by Dean Walsh, with dancers Kathryn Puie, Natalie Ayton, Riverside Studios Paramatta, 2012. Photos: Heidrun Löhr.
Choreographic Score: Multiple Transformations
Dean writes of his rehearsal with Kathryn Puie and Natalie Ayton at Connect Studios: ACT 1. AnEnemy - a solo with two other mysterious, lurking figures and a speaker. This solo explores perceptions of predator and our own position within their environment / habitat. What constitutes a predator and what might we see? Is it their appearance or behaviour that defines our fear? What are the primordial markers of our fear of them? Is it through action or inaction that we ourselves predate? How are our perceptions positively challenged? ACT 2. Under Pressure - a trio. This new trio launches a series of works that will investigate ideas of pressure and impact - physio-environmental, human and other. Creatively influenced by the timeline and possible situations within an actual scuba dive, Under Pressure reflects potential experiences of impact as we descend deeper into a world under immense pressure. The second movement Under Pressure, is performed by Dean Walsh, Kathryn Puie and Natalie Ayton, compressing various enviro-physiological and scientific aspects of an actual scuba dive into a choreographic suspension. Both works will be developed into full-length works in 2013/14. ACT 3. Invited speakers - a spoken-word bridge between the two movements. Tony Granville - shark and marine expert for Thursday night. Judy Reizes - director Manly Environment Centre - Friday night and Sarah Pell - independent artist, commercial diver explorer and sciart researcher & TED Fellow 2010 on Saturday night.
Monologue: Deeper, Deeper, Deeper...
As I prepare my 5-8 min spoken-word I consider the following inspirational guides as my mission, my mandate, my meditation: perFORM Consider cultural and envrionmental awareness and how this informs the aesthetics of life support at each point of choreographic exploration transFORM Use bodily language and form to explore our spatial adaptation, cognition, and orientation and performance capability in WET spaces. platFORM Contribute to discussions about the role of artists in marine exploration and the frontier underwater diving activities. inFORM Construct a wider forum and therefore audience for hybrid arts laboratories and new conversations about marine environments and our selves as the predators to marine ecologies. I try to deliver the monologue using the breath of the diver/dancer as performer gestures.