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Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

We performed at Musicircus last weekend in Melbourne as part of the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts.

I don’t know if it got added to the official Melbourne Festival Musicircus website, but here is the blurb we wrote for our performance:

Whilst performing in Canberra last year David and Jacob overheard, in the foyer before the show, a lady and gentleman discussing the program notes. The gentleman suggested that the notes were pretentious intellectual dribble.

Our dribble for this installation project is as follows:
David and Jacob have been working for many years in the area of contemporary improvised performance. Our base physicality is a dance form called Contact Improvisation. We are interested in how meaning is created whether it is intentional or not. We enjoy performing with no explicit meaning intended and observing the feedback loop that is created through us, each other and the observers.

For this installation we have chosen the The Mobius strip as a metaphor for something simple, yet profound. If we were pushed to contextualise this installation we would probably point at current political, social and environment concerns and draw some analogy between them and a sense of oneness. We would do this to create a contemporary sense of meaning and connection.

To be honest we like the mobius strip because for us it has a sense of change, strangeness, continuity and inspires curiousity.

We hope you enjoy mobius as part of Musicircus.

It was quite an event. For us, it was a bit of a marathon. It took us 6 hours to complete the giant Mobius strip, which wound up and down and around the framework of the Fracture Gallery at BMW Edge. Then we slung some hammocks and made an attempt at having a snooze – which, with the amount of noise going on, and being suspended some distance from the ground, was not so straightforward. In fact, it was a little bit like having a very psychedelic dream.

We climbed into out hammocks at about 2.30am and climbed out at about 3.30am just as Die Roten Punkte were finishing a performance below us. Then we got ready to dismantle the whole thing, which started at 4.30am. By 4.36am we’d pulled all of the paper down and we then proceeded to de-rig and clean up and ended perfectly on time to watch the final moment at 5.20am.

A few pictures of the event from inside the glass.
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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

coming up in October we will be creating a work for John Cage’s Musicircus as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival – an event created by Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey. the work we are creating is a performance installation that runs from dusk to dawn beginning Friday October 26th in the BMW Edge Fracture Gallery in Melbourne.

following on from musicircus we will be performing at Al Wunder’s Feast of Improvisation at Cecil Street Studio in Fitzroy, Melbourne, starting at 8.30pm.

here’s the flyer.

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