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Camel

Geoffrey Watson (VIC)

Presented in association with Arts House

Book Tickets

#nextwave16

Dates

11-15 May

Venue

Arts House, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne

Time

Wed–Sat 7pm | Sun 2pm & 6pm

Price

$28 Full / $23 Concession

Duration

60 min

Access

  • audio-description
  • tactile-tour (1)
  • wheelchair - Copy

Tactile tour Fri 13 May 6:15pm
Audio Description Fri 13 May 7pm

Camel’s tactile tour will uniquely offer patrons both tactile and kinaesthetic experiences through active participation. Camel’s audio description will be inspired and delivered by a trained spoken-word artist

Listen to an audio version of this event information

Warnings

Contains coarse language and partial nudity

Event Details

Have some aspiration! Someone needs to act as steward for the potency of dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb reality. Could you be that sensitive?

Drawing on the legend of God designing the camel from spare parts of other animals, Geoffrey Watson’s Camel exists in the choreographic hinterland between wearable design, text, dance and music performance. Using the creature’s story as a metaphor for creative intuition, this collision of artforms presents Camel as a bold contemporary emotional innovation strategy.

Five dancers are rendered unidentifiable through ‘anti-costumes’ that negate both their individuality, and the base humanity of their movement. A percussionist competes for attention against an automated voice spouting dogmatic poetry. Mixed metaphors and disparate historical influences are made to sit uncomfortably next to each other like sisters and brothers on a hotel bed – a family whose lives began together but have since drifted in different directions.

All fired up with nowhere to go, Camel is an ardently futilitarian protest performance without agenda.

  • Choreography, Text and Design
    Geoffrey Watson
  • Dramaturge
    Nana Biluš Abaffy
  • Performers
    Geoffrey Watson, Nana Biluš Abaffy, James Andrews, Matthew Hyde and Michael McNab
  • Lighting design
    Amelia Lever-Davidson
  • Tactile kinaesthetic tour and audio description facilitator
    Nilgun Guven
  • Audio description co-writer and performer
    Yung Phily
  • Image
    Thomas Russell
  • Mountain
    Maria Ly

Camel was commissioned and developed through Next Wave’s Kickstart program for Next Wave Festival 2016.

This project has been supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, Lucy Guerin Inc, Dancehouse, BalletLab and Chunky Move’s Maximised Residency Program.