Monster Body



WARNING-This performance contains full frontal nudity and scenes which may offend some viewers. It is not appropriate for patrons under 18.

A graphically honest and very energetic piece, Monster Body is a saturation of textures, tones, noises, rhythm and shapes created through a number of imaginative situations drawing from strong and haunting connections between local and global images that shape the female identity in contemporary culture.

Through this raw and exposed work Atlanta Eke subverts the conventional images of the female body and through deeply affecting and often darkly funny choreography, plans to broaden this representation in society.

Atlanta Eke utilises the mystery, energy and physicality of a dancing body as a resource to ultimately expose the "monster" that hides in the space between the audience and the performer.

Enchanting, challenging and disturbing, Monster Body stimulates the audience to create refreshing thoughts, feelings and approaches towards the society and rethink the boundaries between life and art.

It was an extremely revealing, intimate and challenging piece. ArtsHub

Read reviews of Monster Body: Chris Boyd, Philip Rothfield (RealTime Arts) and Talking Pointes

ATLANTA EKE is an Australian artist, dancer and choreographer. Formally educated at Deakin University Melbourne, since 2003 Atlanta has been a performer and creator presenting her experimental work through out Australia and Europe in a variety of formats. She has worked with artists such as Xavier Le Roy, Ros Warby, Lucy Guerin, Tim Darbyshire among others. Atlanta has performed in Deborah Hay's works At Once 2009 and In The Dark 2010. For the 2010 Melbourne Next Wave Festival Atlanta premiered her solo works 'You and Me' and 'POINTS'. In 2010 she performed for Sidney Leoni in Undertones at Tamz in August Berlin and Marten Spangbergs Page 74, Impultanz Festival Vienna. Atlanta performed in Jan Ritesmas Oedipus My Foot throughout Europe as well as participating in Allianz-The Agora Project (Performing Arts Forum). She also was a Melbourne 2011 Next Wave Kiskstart Program recipient and was commissioned by Lucy Guerin Inc to produce a new work, I Want To Be An Artist, for the annual Pieces For Small Spaces.  Atlanta has Lectured at Deakin University, and is a current Board Member of Dancehouse. Atlanta was the 2012 Dancehouse Research Housemate resident with Swedish artist Emma Kim Hagdalh and is an Australia Council for the Arts 2012 ArtStart Grant recipient.

Choreographer/performer Atlanta Eke
Performers Tim Birnie, Tessa Broadby, Sarah Ling, Ashlea English and Amanda Betlehem
Stage Manager Abbey Leonard

Fri 22 March, 8.00pm
Sat 23 March, 8.00pm
Sun 24 March, 5.00pm

Sylvia Staehli Theatre

Full $25.00
Concessions $20.00
Dancehouse Members and City of Yarra residents $15.00
Deakin/VCA students $10.00

WARNING: This performance contains full frontal nudity and scenes which may offend some viewers. It is not appropriate for patrons under 18.

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Image: Tim Birnie


Monster Body was originally presented at the Next Wave Festival in May 2012 in partnership with Dancehouse and has been developed and supported through Next Wave Kickstart Program, Dancehouse, Arts Victoria and The Australia Council for the Arts.



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