black project 1 is the first work in the black series. each piece is performed in a black space with black costumes, black make-up and a black set. the black series proposed that by removing colour and tonal variation we somehow address a utopian idea of what it might be to escape context. Despite this being impossible, there are interesting questions raised from the idea. By trying to limit the potential of outside influences or visual references, how much can we view this event on it's own for what it is? Can we look at something and think of nothing else? Can a work or image or sound be truly unique? Can it be the subject of itself, escaping derived meaning and the invitation of comparison?
black project 1's unique concern in the black series is a focus on choreography as a catalyst for visual design. The work explores a symbiotic relationship between body and space mapped throughout by moments of painting and drawing. The concern with visual distillation has largely been in response to the world of media over-saturation and 'option fatigue'. The works seek to revitalise our ability to reflect on the things we see with greater focus and deliberation. By singularising what we see, we then notice the complexity in simplicity.
Development of black project 1 begun in october 2009 during a residency at radialsystem V in berlin. supported by tanja liedtke foundation, sasha waltz and guests and radialsystem V berlin.
Premiere Arts House 2012 (AU)
Sydney Opera House (AU), Dance Massive (AU), Noorderzon (NL), Taipei Arts Festival (TW), Skanes Dansteater (SE), Theatre im Pfalzbau (DE), Trafo Theatre (HU)