Director and choreographer LEE SERLE melds audience and artist in the interactive, immersive and participatory performance piece MULTIMODAL, occupying THE SUBSTATION from August 30 - September 4.
MULTIMODAL guides randomly selected audience members through a series of physical, sonic, olfactory and choreographic experiences housed within The SUBSTATION’s various post-industrial spaces.
Those selected, contribute to the work’s unfolding content as they journey through BYRON SCULLIN’s visceral sonic experiences, physical movement spaces and immersive, scent laden installations from visual artist LIZ HENDERSON and LEE SERLE , eliciting memories and personal narratives throughout the performance ritual.
Performers DEANNE BUTTERWORTH, BENJAMIN HANCOCK, GEOFFREY WATSON and REBECCA JENSEN, together with eight guides, lead the inductees through the installation series - blurring the lines between performer and audience, and public and private space, as the ritual’s voyeurs (the audience) observe their performance induction from afar.
About the artists
LEE SERLE is a New York and Melbourne based choreographer, performer and teacher. He creates work in varied contexts and forms; including dances for the stage, site-specific, interactive performance installations, and intimate solo works. SERLE has been commissioned to create new works for the Lyon Opera Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, Lucy Guerin Inc., Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Dancenorth, Next Wave, and the Victorian College of the Arts presenting new work in Australia, USA, France and Lebanon.
SERLE was Protégé in Dance for the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative 2010-11; mentored by seminal American choreographer Trisha Brown in New York. Through this initiative he created and performed new work with the company, and toured within the USA and internationally. It was through this initiative Lee’s first major work ‘P.O.V.’ was commissioned and presented at the New York Public Library. An inaugural recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Australia Fellowship in 2012, SERLE embarked on a research and development period for 2 years of solo choreographic practice in Melbourne, New York and Beirut; Mentored by Tere O’Connor (New York). Following this he was an artist in residence at ACCA, culminating in his solo work 60 Second Dances, for the Framed Movements exhibition for the 2014 Melbourne Festival.
BYRON SCULLIN. The work of Melbourne practitioner BYRON SCULLIN explores the technological representation and amplification of sound as well as its properties as a physical presence. Operating in an ambiguous space where sound transitions into noise, SCULLIN’s sonic environments offer an experience of mass and multiplicity, often representing attempts to hear the unhearable.
After an interest in synthesis at a young age, SCULLIN was mentored by producer and composer Francois Tetaz. He has since been involved in almost all aspects of audio in his twenty year career, contributing sound to feature films such as Wolf Creek, contemporary dance productions by Lucy Guerin, Gideon Obarzanek, and Lee Serle, and theatre works by David Chisholm, Chamber Made Opera, and Arena Theatre Co. He also works as a sound educator at RMIT and Melbourne University. A prolific collaborator, SCULLIN has worked closely with audio-visual artist Robin Fox and video artist Daniel Crooks, as well as Australian composers Anthony Pateras, Marco Fusinato, and Oren Ambarchi. He’s also helped realise sound for notable international artists including Bernard Parmegiani, Tony Conrad, and Steven O’Malley.
BENJAMIN HANCOCK is a young Melbourne-based dancer and choreographer. He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) with a Bachelor of Dance in 2008. He is a much sought after performer and has worked with some of Australia’s leading choreographers in contemporary dance, including Martin del Amo (Slow Dances For Fast Times, 2013), Narelle Benjamin (Course, 2013), Sue Healey (Variant, 2012), Antony Hamilton (Keep Everything, 2014, 2012) Gideon Obarzanek/Chunky Move (Assembly, 2011) and Lucy Guerin Inc (Untrained, 2011). HANCOCK is an Artistic Associate and founding member of 2ndToe, whom he has been working with since 2007. 2014 has found the Collective developing a new show The Lost Dance Project whilst continuing teaching and presenting smaller projects in and around Melbourne. HANCOCK is also a prolific solo performer, having presented work for Chunky Move’s Next Move (Princess 2014), Lucy Guerin Inc’s Pieces For Small Spaces, Faux Mo at the Mona Foma and Dark MOFO Festivals in Hobart, and a variety of Sydney/Melbourne clubs and short works festivals.
DEANNE BUTTERWORTH. A graduate of Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts, DEANNE BUTTERWORTH’s choreographic practice presently focusses on collaboration with other artists and working in outdoor spaces in proximity to existing sculptural works.
In 2012 she collaborated with artist Linda Tegg and other performers to create a site specific work at a convenience store, titled PERFORMANCE. In 2014 BUTTERWORTH worked with artist Ash Kilmartin for the exhibition at Slopes, Fitzroy If This Exhibition Were A Text to perform the work Regarding Yesterday, by Brussels based dancer and choreographer, Adva Zakai. She performed in Intermission by Maria Hassabi and was involved in Alicia Frankovich’s work, Defending Plural Experiences, both shown at ACCA; she also performed in Entitled Title, by Tim Darbyshire for the inaugural Keir Choreographic Award and was a participant in Shelley Lasica’s ANAT Residency. During 2015 and 2016 BUTTERWORTH performed in Solos For Other People by Lasica (Dance Massive 15); worked with Lasica and Jo Lloyd for How Choreography Works at West Space; developed new works with choreographers Shian Law (Vanishing Point), and Tim Darbyshire, (Tainted Title).
GEOFFREY WATSON is a Melbourne-based performing artist whose work is rooted in but not tied to; dance, choreographic, wearable design and writing practices. WATSON is a graduate of the Australian Ballet School, was trained in design under the tutelage of Melbourne couturier Maximilan, and did not complete high school.
WATSON has worked nationally and internationally as a performer and designer for artists including; Nana Biluš Abaffy (multiple works with Abaffy’s experimental performance groups Psychoknot Theatrics and Secretive Dance Team), Phiilip Adams BalletLab (Performance Intervention for Saint Sebastian and Aviary, 2014), Dark Mofo (Blacklist party 2015), Brooke Stamp (designer for Tearaway Part 1, 2014) and Tokyo-based theatre company Gekidan Kaitaisha (Infant, 2013). WATSON’s own work attempts to further confound the already confusing landscapes of art, history and the mind. These performances include; Loving You Ad Nauseum- a TOTAL melodrama struggle against the Love/Beauty paradigm (premiering 2016), Australian Suburban Living Project- a figure displaced amongst unstable, abstracted memories of an Australian suburban childhood (2014), and Camel - a heroic bleeding of dogmatic displays of art-forms into and against one another.
REBECCA JENSEN is a Melbourne-based choreographer, dancer and teacher. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (BA Dance). JENSEN’s choreography has been presented at Next Wave Festival and Dance Massive with Sarah Aiken (OVERWORLD 2014); Kier Choreographic Award 2016 (Explorer); Melbourne Fringe Festival (POSE BAND 2015); Lucy Guerin’s Pieces for Small Spaces (Within An Inner 2011). She is a founding member of Deep Soulful Sweats (Festival Of Live Art, Dark MOFO, Tiny Stadiums, Chunky Move, Next Wave Festival). JENSEN was a recipient of DanceWEB Europe scholarship 2015, Next Wave Kickstart 2013 in collaboration with Sarah Aiken, PACT Vacant Room residency Sydney 2014, Australia Council Art Start, Ian Potter Cultural Trust travel grant and Motherboard Australia Korea cultural exchange.
RICHARD DINNEN, following completion of a BA in Theatre (Production) worked for various organisations in Queensland (Brisbane Biennial Festival of Music, Queensland Performing Arts Trust, Playbox Theatre Trust, Queensland University of Technology) before spending two years in Edinburgh and London working as a Production Manager, Lighting Designer and Company Stage Manager. On returning from overseas DINNEN worked in Queensland with major venues and productions, undertaking both Australian and overseas tours (Stolen, Energex, Body of Work) and with companies such as the Sydney Dance Company, Brisbane Arts Festival and Playbox Theatre Company. Ten years ago, DINNEN moved to Melbourne and has worked with Arena Theatre, The Malthouse, Andrew Kay and Associates and Sydney and Melbourne Festivals. Before joining Megafun, DINNEN was the Production and Operations Manager for the highly acclaimed dance company Chunky Move, working on tech creation of productions such as the award winning Mortal Engine and Glow. Since joining Megafun as Creative & Technical Director in 2008, he has worked on a wide variety of performance projects for clients including Lucy Guerin Inc, Lee Serle, MONA FOMA and Dark MOFO, Byron Perry and Force Majeure.
SHIO OTANI is a Melbourne based costume designer. Self confessed crafter, she is interested in all things handmade and works in diverse platforms such as theatre, dance, jewelry design and textiles. With in depth understanding of dance and movement, OTANI is interested in designing garments that are visually cohesive and create meanings with each work. Her designs often combine her love of craft techniques such as knitting, crochet and macrame. OTANI has designed costumes for award winning companies Back to Back Theatre (Super Discount, Ganesh vs The Third Reich, Food Court, Small Metal Object, Soft), Lucy Guerin Inc. (Weather, Microclimate), Chunky Move (247 Days), as well as for artists including Stephanie Lake (Aorta), Jo Lloyd (Public Unpublic, High Maintenance, Hospitals and Airports), Antony Hamilton (Forces x Antony Hamilton), David Rosetzky (Gaps, Untouchable, Hothouse, Custom Made, Summer Blend), Rhian Hinkley (Boz’n’Hok vs Theatre of Speed, Porn Star, Face of the West), Encyclopedia of Animals (Urchin) and Ash Keating (Continuum). OTANI graduated from Victorian College of the Arts with BA in Dance and studied Fashion at Box Hill Institute of TAFE. She has also graduated from Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE with Advanced Diploma in Jewelry Design.
LIZ HENDERSON is an artist who works and lives in Melbourne, Australia. Beginning her studies in photo-based media, she now works in object-based installation. Her passion for scent which is the focus of her practice has resulted in overseas residencies and numerous solo and group exhibitions. She has exhibited in both commercial and non-commercial galleries including Blindside, Charles Nodrum, Conical, Platform and Arts Centre Melbourne. HENDERSON is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University, Melbourne, this follows on from completing a Post Graduate Diploma (1997) and MFA (2003) at the Victorian College of the Arts.