EVER celebrates both the triumphant revival of South Melbourne’s magnificent Temperance Hall, BalletLab’s new home studios and contemporary performance space, and a return to pure choreographic form for Artistic Director, Phillip Adams.
EVER is a transformative, painterly expression of vibrant minimalism and chromatic Romanticism morphing Shaker and Quaker roots and nostalgic tropes of the American West. It reflects Adams’ 30 years of devotion to choreographic practice where he has developed a way of thinking about dance that comes directly out of experimentation with choreography and visual arts. In EVER, Adams invites audiences to experience the work as both listener and viewer in a collaboration rife with his relentless dreamy and visual mischief, pure sophisticated choreography and oddities that convey the restlessness he works with.
EVER, performed by six extraordinary Melbourne dancers, creates an everlasting cycle of loops and oscillating ecstatic rhythms, investigating themes of permutation, transformation and the infinite. Following a lengthy history of unorthodox collaborations, EVER also features designs by fashion icon Akira Isogawa and set and light design from Matthew Adey. Together, they collaborate with Adams on his sublimely modernist interpretation, which glides across the music.
EVER premiered at Temperance Hall, ushering in a new era for the company to present their bold and original contemporary dance works and open the doors to the Melbourne Festival audiences to experience Temperance Hall like never before.
Images courtesy: Jeff Busby.
Friday 6 - Saturday 21 October, 2017, 8pm
Temperance Hall, 199 Napier South Melbourne, 3205
Choreography: Phillip Adams
Performers: Gregory Lorenzutti, Lilian Steiner, Ben Hurley, Timothy Walsh, Olivia McPherson and Ellen Davies
Costumes: Akira Isogawa
Set/Lighting Design: Matt Adey
Film/documentation: James Wright (NON Studio)
Music: Shaker Loops by John Adams; Metamorphosen by Richard Strauss
Photography: Jeff Busby
“EVER gives us two halves of a story, drawing on different rhythms and cultural and artistic references to take the body from cacophonous movement through to near stillness. In between are moments of absolute beauty and vulnerability.”
Jordan Beth Vincent, The Age