Performance and art getting intimate on the dancefloor in a one night terrestrial encounter that’s a little bit extra
For FRAME: A biennial of dance Curated by Temperance Hall’s Artistic Associate Luke George, this whole venue takeover includes an epic line-up of some Naarm’s most electric artists working in dance, sound, visual installation and costume design, intersecting with revered party priestess of Narrm, DJ stev Zar live-mixing an empowering set of genre blending beats to charge your soul.
ALIENS is inspired by Luke’s time living in Brooklyn, New York City between 2010-2017, and his collaborations and participation in the many grass-roots and community/artist-led performance events organised, enacted and attended by expansive and diverse artists and queers of New York.
ALIENS OF EXTRAORDINARY ABILITY takes its title from the bizarre name of the artist-visa required for a creative to enter, reside and work in the USA. These happenings intend to reclaim “othering” and transform such through an art gathering which celebrates the electric, inclusive and spontaneous energy of Melbourne’s incredible alternative queer party scene.
Presented by Temperance Hall
Curated by Luke George
Artists: Alexander Powers, Andrew Treloar, Govind Pillai, Joel Bray, Luigi Vescio, MaggZ, Rosalind Crisp, Sarah Aiken, Stev Zar, Tony Yap
Production Manager and Lighting Designer : Jordi Edwards
Operator and Production: Meri Leeworthy
Producer: Anna McDermott
Executive Producer: William McBride
Venue & Operations: Sophie Gabrielle Pigram
PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES
Saturday 25 March, 8pm - 1am
199 Napier Street, South Melbourne
Full $20 - $45 (pay what you can)
Contact: program[at]temperancehall.com.au for more information.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Luke is a multidisciplinary artist creating work that spans performance, installation, craft and curation. Luke was born in lutruwita/Tasmania and resides on Wurundjeri Country in Naarm/Melbourne. Informed by queer politics and spaces, Luke’s works explore risk and intimacy and employ daring and at times, unorthodox methods, to create further possibilities for artist and audience to encounter each other. Luke’s work takes him across Australia, Asia, Europe and North America, with notable presentations at the Venice Biennale, National Galleries of Victoria and Singapore, RISING, Dance Massive, Liveworks Festival, Rencontres chorégraphiques de Seine-Saint-Denis, Time Based Art Festival and many more. Luke was a 2019 Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship recipient, in 2020 appointed inaugural Artistic Associate of Temperance Hall and in 2022 was bequeathed a Chloe Monroe Fellowship. Find out more about Luke's work HERE.
Stev grew into the club scene, traversing through different Melbourne club spaces to see their sound became fast paced, diverse and ever-changing. Mixing club edits into bass into vogue house is just an average night out. Stev's genre blending aims to break the barrier between audience and DJ. A member of the UMAMI crew, Stev has supported industry heavyweights such as Junglepussy and
Cakes Da Killa. Find out more about Stev's work HERE.
Alexander is a Narrm-based artist experimenting across electronic music, dance and choreography. She has created two full length choreographic works, Time Loop in 2019 at the Brunswick Mechanics Institute, and inputs outputs made for video displayed at Foundation Fiminco, Paris. She has danced for renowned choreographer Luke George in his 2019 production ‘Public Actions’ for Dance Massive Festival and was the chosen participant in Arthouse’s 2021 artist working group Makeshift Publics. Internationally renowned as DJ and electronic musician Female Wizard, Alexander was awarded Best Electronic Act at the 2021
Music Victoria Awards on the back of her second album of experimental techno, TIE-EE-YIE-EE-YIE-EE-YIME released on Heavy Machinery
Andrew is an artist working between contemporary art, dance and fashion design through multiple practices and collaborations. These include recent projects with Henry Jock Walker, Jack Riley, Daniel Riley, Dancenorth, Jo Lloyd, Marrugeku, Lucy Guerin Inc., and Chunky Move. His design work has shown across many venues and festivals throughout Australia including the 2018 Commonwealth games Opening Ceremony.
Govind is a dancer, choreographer and teacher who loves to create moving, evocative (and at times salacious) morsels of dance. With a track-record of sell-out productions and festival appearances internationally, Govind enjoys drawing on his training in the classical Indian arts to create both classical and experimental works that explore the diasporic experience, gender diversity, cultural expression and sexuality.
Naarm-based Joel Bray is a proud Wiradjuri dancer and performance-maker who performed with European companies and choreographers and with CHUNKY MOVE. Joel’s intimate dance-theatre encounters in unorthodox spacesspring from his Wiradjuri heritage, and use humour to engage audiences in rituals about sex, history, trauma and healing.Joel’s works-Biladurang, Dharawungara, Daddy, Considerable Sexual License and I Liked It, BUT-have toured to the Brisbane, Sydney, Darwin,Midsumma, Auckland, LiveWorks and Dance Massive Festivals and Arts Centre Melbourne. Joel was the 2019 National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellow, a New Breed choreographer with Sydney Dance Company and is Chunky Move’s inaugural Choreographer-in-Residence.
Luigi is a choreographer, performer and dance academic creating works for theatres, galleries, digital and outdoor spaces. Notions of care, community, agency, unknowing and spontaneous shared-authorship are central to his research which acknowledges art as a site-specific social encounter. Luigi's work predominantly manifests as live performance, installation, moving image or participatory encounter. Luigi has been supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Temperance Hall, Chunky Move, Dancehouse, PACT and EIRA (Portugal). Luigi is currently a Teaching Scholar at Deakin University and completed a Master of Contemporary Art at Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne (2020). His work sits in the Nillumbik Art Collection.
MaggZ is a Naarm-based (Melbourne, Australia) queer Chinese movement artist, creative director and producer, specialised in waacking-a freestyle dance originated in 1970s LA from the latinix and African American queer community, predominantly involving arm movements. Traversing amongst street dance battles, performances, installations, creative direction and producing, MaggZ’s practice centres aliveness, stillness, persistence and agency and aspires to honour the authentic self and living experience through trans disciplinary explorations. MaggZ’s recent achievements are-the recipient of the Young Creative Awards in 2020, nominated four times by the Green Room Awards, and the winner of Destructive Steps allstyle 2v2 dance battle in 2022
Rosalind was born in Omeo, East Gippsland. She trained at the Victorian Ballet School, Melbourne and the European Dance Development Centre, the Netherlands. In 1996 she established the Omeo Dance studio in Sydney, which for ten years was the home of experimental dance research in Sydney. In 2002 she was invited to Paris by Michel Caserta, director of the Biennale du Val-de-Marne. Carolyn Carlson saw her performance and invited her to become the first Associate Artist of the Atelier de Paris – Carolyn Carlson. The Atelier managed and toured Rosalind Crisp / Omeo Dance for ten years. Since 2003, Rosalind Crisp / Omeo Dance has created 20 new works, touring to over 100 festivals in Australia and internationally. From her first solo show in 1995, she has created a substantial body of original work and remains one of a handful of mature, consistently practicing, Australian dance artists.
Sarah is a dancer, teacher and choreographer whose solo and collaborative projects engage rigorously with participation, scale and waste, repurposing technology and recycling content and objects into assemblages which consider the self, materiality and how we come together.Her latest full-length work Make Your Life Count premiered at Arts House in 2022 and audiences seemed to really really love it. Sarah is co-director of Deep Soulful Sweats, working with Rebecca Jensen to present work nationally and internationally. An Australia Council artist in resident at HIAP, Helsinki, Sarah is developing projects for video, live performance and works that slip between the two.
Tony, born in Malaysia, is an accomplished dancer and a multidisciplinary artist. He has been a distinct figure in intercultural discourse and received Asialink residential grants in 2005, and 2008 and a Dance fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts. Tony is the founding Creative Director of Melaka Arts and Performance Festival–MAP Fest.Tony continues in his contribution significantly to the development of contemporary dance & performance practice, bringing a non-Western perspective to the palette of work being created. His practice is grounded in Asian philosophies, sensibilities and forms
Image Design: Shaun Manyweathers
Temperance Hall acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land in which we dance and create, the Bunurong Boon Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation, and pay our respect to Elders both past and present and, through them, to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.