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Performance Review x KCA

8 writers interview the 8 KCA artists

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This month the Keir Choreographic Award (KCA) partnered with Performance Review, a dedicated space for the development of discursive and experimental writing about live art, to bring you interviews with this year’s commissioned artists.

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Tra Mi Dinh interviewed by Ari Tampubolon

“What I’ve discovered looking at “endings” is that they’re a circular situation. Where something ends is also where something else begins.”

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Joshua Pether interviewed by Ainslie Templeton

“One thing I remember growing up was thinking I had a gift to see the sky behind the clouds and I wonder if my practice is now an extension of this gift. It definitely feels like I am uncovering lost or unknown knowledge.”

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Rebecca Jensen interviewed by Sofia Sid Akhmed

“Movement can express unnameable things that you can’t articulate in any other way. It’s an extension of some inner place – sensory, expressive and cathartic.”

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Jenni Large interviewed by Chelsea Hopper

“I see the heels like a personal pedestal and the work seeks to comment on the duality of power and instability that they offer the body.”

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Lucky Lartey interviewed by Jon Tjhia

“In Ghana there’s music everywhere. There are artists everywhere. It’s how we do things. You go to church, you dance. Someone passes away, you dance. A new baby is born, you dance. You dance for everything. It’s part of everyday life.”

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Alice Will Caroline interviewed by Claire Summers

you tell me that you use dance to undermine language or to highlight its gaps. You say that dance is dance, language is language.”

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Raghav Handa interviewed by Soo-Min Shim

“I found myself turning to the Bhagavad Gita and its setting of the battlefield… The nature of conflict, the weaponisation of language, the damage of polar interpretations and the consequences of just standing still.”

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Alan Schacher and WeiZen Ho interviewed by Hannah Wu

“You cannot escape your body. In our combined explorations of different, hybridised, devotional body practices, I cannot think of the body as separate from the spirit.”

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The Keir Choreographic Award is a partnership between Dancehouse, The Keir Foundation and the Australia Council for the Arts, with presenting partner Carriageworks.

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