Geoffrey Watson (VIC)
Presented in association with Arts House
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 DesignGeoffrey Watson
DramaturgeNana Biluš Abaffy
PerformersGeoffrey Watson, Nana Biluš Abaffy, James Andrews, Matthew Hyde and Michael McNab
Lighting designAmelia Lever-Davidson
Tactile kinaesthetic tour and audio description facilitatorNilgun Guven
Audio description co-writer and performerYung Phily
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.