Image: Antony Hamilton
Black Project 1 & 2
Antony Hamilton Projects
Presented by Arts House and Antony Hamilton Projects
Extreme sensory reduction and distillation lie at the core of Antony Hamilton’s enigmatic, darkly sensual Black Project trilogy. Conceived in Berlin, the work focuses on black space, black sets, black costumes and black make-up to evoke a unique performance space in which dancers create presence out of absence, viscerally engaged with their surroundings.
Black Project 1 teases out connections between the gravity-bound body and the earth’s elemental forces. Two dancers, light, objects and sound occupy time and space symbiotically, in a transforming environment that explodes perceptions of a static universe. In Black Project 2 Hamilton’s compulsive choreography collects around a small group of dancers, their bodies organised into biomechanical configurations that explore the human drive to codify the natural world.
Shrouded in darkness, Black Project 1 & 2 reflect on the symbioses between the inanimate and the living; gesturing to the chaos and instability of matter, time and space.
Choreography/Concept: Antony Hamilton
Set Construction/Production Management: Matthew Scott, Megafun
Producer: Freya Waterson, Insite Arts
Black Project 1:
Performers: Antony Hamilton, Melanie Lane
Video Projection: Olaf Meyers
Music: Robert Henke, Mika Vainio and Vainio and Fennesz
Set/Costume Design: Antony Hamilton
Black Project 2:
Performers: James Batchelor, Jake Kuzma, Talitha Maslin, Jessie Oshodi, Marnie Palomares, Jess Wong
Costume Designer: Paula Levis
Sound Designer: Alisdair Macindoe
Video Designer: Kit Webster
Black Project 1 & 2 has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts fundng and advisory body, Arts Victoria and the City of Melbourne through Arts House