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Short Dissertations on Sleep

Sleep: it pauses the personality, renders us vulnerable, links us to the animals and dictates the very architecture of our society... and yet sleep is so ordinary, so invisible, that we rarely stop to acknowledge its importance in our lives.


Short Dissertations on Sleep is a new dance work by Grace Walpole and Helen Walpole that asks 'What is sleep?' and offers five surprising answers.

Scientifically speaking, sleep is simply a sequence of electrical states in the brain, yet one needs only to look at the complex social rituals, structures and taboos associated with sleep to see that is as much a cultural as a biological phenomenon.

Short Dissertations on Sleep is a lyrical and philosophical performance-essay that integrates interviews, dance and narrative with an original soundtrack by David Corbet and lighting by Richard Vabre.

Sleep

                                                                           Neurons in the brain. © Benedict Campbell/Wellcome Images

'On a purely physiological level, sleep is just a sequence of electrical states in the brain' says dancer Grace Walpole, who is also a medical doctor with degrees in art history and neuroscience. 'But you only need to look at the complex social rituals, structures and taboos associated with sleep to see that is as much a cultural as a biological phenomenon.'

This is Grace Walpole's third full-length solo dance work. Grace's practice as a choreographer and performer embrace her love of finding the art in the science. Her recent works have been inspired by historical science: the philosophy of collecting; the ethics of cartography; the mapping of anatomy; the knowledge patterns of surgery.

Grace completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Animateuring (Dance) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2004. She is also a medical doctor and draws on her undergraduate degrees in art history and neuroscience in researching her dance works. Grace is one of Australia's leading practitioners of improvised dance, and regularly performs in Melbourne.

Concept and development: Grace Walpole and Helen Walpole
Performance & choreography: Grace Walpole
Design: Helen Walpole
Light: Richard Vabre
Sound: David Corbet

Dancehouse, 150 Princes Street, Carlton North
Thursday 16 to Saturday 18 July at 8pm; Sunday 19 July at 6pm
Tickets $15 ($12 for Dancehouse members)

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