Re-writing the history of Australian contemporary dance. 

Building on last year’s Talking Bodies series, this year’s unique dance lecture performances focuses on the theme of ‘dancing monuments’, tracing the diverse, uncanny and counter-culture narratives that make up the story of dance in Australia today.

Over 3 nights, join some of Sydney’s finest dance artists, The Fondue Set, Angela Goh and Latai Taumoepeau. Combining storytelling with performance, video and re-enactment, each artist presents a playlist of the great influences, practices and issues that have shaped their work. From internet memes and ceremonial dance protocols to climate change, eisteddfods and feminist manifestos these influences are far reaching. The artists reveal how thoroughly dance is mixed up in the issues. Big, small, social and personal, these issues shape who we are and how we make sense of our world today.

The final event in the series features renowned performance artist Latai Taumoepeau. In her body-focused practice, Latai activates Indigenous philosophies and methodologies, cross-pollinating ancient practices of ceremony with contemporary performance. She reinterprets, regenerates and extends her movement practice and its function in and from Oceania.

Latai traces the story of her homelands, the Island Kingdom of Tonga and her birthplace, the Eora Nation – Sydney. She uses this story to share the way her artistic work deals with cultural practices, climate change and the impacts of neoliberalism on the body. Latai will also talk about how ceremonial dance, pop culture and deep-sea mining intersect in her current work War Dance: The Final Frontier.

Artist: Latai Taumoepeau

Curators: Rhiannon Newton and Katy Green Loughrey

Talking Bodies is presented by the City of Sydney as part of the Late Night Library series, in association with March Dance.


Talking Bodies: The Fondue Set

Talking Bodies: Angela Goh

Image Credit: Michael Young


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