Housemate VI - Phillip Adams

We would like to welcome Phillip Adams as Dancehouse's sixth Housemate. This is a creative research and development residency in which artists can engage solely in practice based research. He will collaborate with architect, Matthew Bird through this 8-week residency,  to be taken consecutively or non-concecutively between July and November 2010.

Phillip's relationship with Dancehouse spans a decade, contributing over the years by presenting works such as Endling and Nativity, teaching and some other strange creative activities. Phillip is most excited to be returning to Dancehouse as a resident Housemate artist. His research as part of the Housemate residency is conceived as a visual contemporary environmental installation performance. It will be an investigation into the possible dialogues between architecture and movement, memory, visual art, and compositional design. His subject is a symbolic interpretation of two major disaster events of recent Australian history, Cyclone Tracy and Thredbo landslide. The subject matter provides a framework for Phillip and architect Matthew Bird to research a work that is both epic and also deeply personal.

About Phillips' work

Adams gathers together people and objects in unique theatrical settings, emphasizing dialogues and relationships in order to find fresh perspective across what ordinarily might be overlooked or even invisible. He amplifies what is latent, sequencing images and ideas into an utterly contemporary idiom. Evoking a visual arts sensibility in his approach to movement, choreography and the construction of narrative, Adams employs an intuitive process to connect the fragmented source ideas. By the end of the research/creative development process (up to five stages over a two year period), they have been drawn into a complex yet unified whole. Each piece emerges in the very open and experimental methods Adams uses with his collaborators, revealing the importance of dialogue between director and dancers in the collaborative process.

Adams's works encompass moments from the profound to the humorous, forming new languages that mix high and low culture into an inquisitive, exuberantly idiosyncratic and often fascinating hybrid. These experimental collaborations provide a transforming, often provocative experience for both the performers and their diverse audiences. Adams' works flirt with viewers at the leading edge of dance, elucidate and question cultural and artistic identity, and set precedents that continue to inspire other choreographers. They mirror areas that are of concern within the collective consciousness, valiantly scrutinizing behavior, sexuality and culture.

Phillip Adams

Phillip Adams has created some of Australia's most provocative and sensational choreography. Phillip has developed a reputation for creating contemporary dance works that encompass a diversity of artistic forms and new media. These works have proven to be immensely appealing to audiences worldwide whose interests span dance, theatre, design, architecture, music and film. Having spent a decade performing and working in New York with many companies and independent artists. Adams returned to Australia in 1997 and established the groundbreaking company BalletLab. Phillip has been commissioned by several leading national and international dance and theatre companies including The Australian Ballet, Chunky Move, Back to Back Theatre, Guongdong Modern Dance Company (China), Dance Works Rotterdam (Nederlands), Lux Boreal (Mexico), City Contemporary Dance Company (Hong Kong), Tasdance, and One Extra Co. Phillip is regularly in demand as an educator, both in Melbourne and internationally. His works are regularly remounted across tertiary institutions in Australia, ensuring his influence amongst the next generation of Australian contemporary dancers.

Matthew Bird is currently the Director of Studiobird; a design practice delivering innovative projects that combine interior and architectural solutions. Matthew has over eight years experience in the design and implementation of both architecture and
interior fit-outs for a range of installation, residential, hospitality, commercial and institutional projects. Matthew has also worked on many award-winning architectural projects at Cassandra Complex and Ashton Raggatt McDougall. He is employed as a sessional Design Tutor within the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University and is currently a part time PhD Architecture candidate within Professor Leon van Schaik's practice-based, by invitation stream, RMIT University.

Matthew Bird

Photo Isamu Sawa

Previous Housemates

Housemate I, 2008 - Phoebe Robinson

Housemate II, 2008 - Jo Lloyd

Housemate III, 2009 - Gabrielle Nankivell

Housemate IV, 2009 - Tim Darbyshire

Housemate V 2010 - Deanne Butterworth

Dancehouse Housemate Residency is supported by the    Besen Foundation