LAST PORT OF CALL


Pamela Arce


LAST PORT OF CALL: PAMELA ARCE in response to LUKE GEORGE’S PUBLIC ACTION

PUBLIC ACTION

A social choreography

A collective negotiation between bodies, objects, artist and audience

Using conflict resolution principles (an alternative and highly effective method used to bring disagreeing parties to a non-violent understanding) the group is set the physical task of moving a difficult object from one place to another. This is the starting point for a choreographic investigation into groups and group processes. From socially engaged artistic practice through to creating experimental performance pieces, the trajectory of Luke George’s work grapples with ways we experience presence and the present, in order to look for alternative ways of being that are to do with interactivity and intimacy in the context of performance. Through PUBLIC ACTION, Luke delves into the relational politics within spectatorship and audienceship, investigating how such politics intersect with embodiment and empathy.

Luke George creates new performance work through experimental creative processes with collaborating artists. Luke takes daring and at times unorthodox approaches to exploring new intimacies and connections between audience and performers. His works have been presented extensively throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and North America. Since receiving his B.A. from the Victorian College of the Arts, Luke has collaborated and performed in the works of many acclaimed dance and theatre companies, music, visual art, live art, socially engaged projects, and queer clubs in Australia and internationally. Luke was recipient of Melbourne Fringe Awards (1999, 2013), Asialink Residency (2005), Russell Page Fellowship (2007), Greenroom Award for Best Male Dancer (2011), and commissions: Sydney Opera House (2006), Keir Foundation (2008), Lucy Guerin Inc (2010), Phantom Limbs (2013), Chocolate Factory Theater (2014), Phillip Adams Balletlab (2015), Campbelltown Arts Centre (2016). Luke is a 2018 recipient of an Abbotsford Convent Foundation artist residency.


Pamela Arce’s practice investigates the body through diverse means, often combining ceramics, video, robotics and audio. She has recently exhibited at Firstdraft (2018) and within Melbourne’s Channels...

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