With An Evening-length Performance, Australian choreographer James Batchelor reimagines the baroque ballroom as a place for queer encounters and expression. A new kind of social dance emerges that invites curiosity about the event space and its inherent theatricality. Sensitive, delicate and poised, the performers embody a shared vocabulary with echoes of their own personal movement histories. As doors open and layers are removed, the formality of the space shifts to allow moments of subtlety and intimacy.
James Batchelor is a prize-winning choreographer and dancer from Australia based in Berlin. After studying dance at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, he was invited by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies to join a two-month scientific expedition at sea in 2016, which led to the creation of Deepspace, commissioned by Dance Massive, and later to his solo Hyperspace, selected for Aerowaves 2019. He presents his works in multiple contexts worldwide, such as at Centre Pompidou (Paris and Malaga), MONA (Hobart), Vitalstatistix (Adelaide), Dancehouse (Melbourne), Dansens Hus (Oslo), Bassano del Grappa (Italy), Tramway (Glasgow), December Dance (Brugge) and at Tanz im August in 2019. Batchelor also has a dedicated teaching practice, sharing his creative processes with people of all ages and abilities.
Choreographer James Batchelor With Jacqueline Trapp, James Batchelor, George Hampton-Wale, Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin Dramaturge, Producer Bek Berger Music Morgan Hickinbotham Costume George Hapton-Wale Lighting Vinny Jones Developed with Natalie Abbott, Arad Inbar Guest Provocateurs Zander Porter, Dr. Dorita Hannah
A production by James Batchelor & Collaborations in coproduction with December Dance / Concertgebouw Brugge and Menagerie de Verre and in cooperation with SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by the ACT Government, Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH lab, City of Melbourne and private donors.