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A Faint Existence

'A Faint Existence' (2019), Kristina Chan. Photo by Daniel Boud.
16—17 March 2019
16 March, 7pm
17 March, 2pm

Victorian College of The Arts , Studio 221 (234 St Kilda Road)

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A Faint Existence is a powerful physical meditation on impermanence, fragility and mortality in the age of climate change. Kristina Chan’s performance explores the enormous impact our existence en masse as a geophysical force. It speaks to our microcosmic existence on a macrocosmic scale, as a singular body encounters elemental forces and physical transformations.

Through precision, intuition and exceptional physical virtuosity, Chan uncovers our complex connection to the environment, our desire to make change, and the feelings of helplessness that derail our best intentions. Acclaimed composer James Brown creates a live electronic score that connects to the intricacies of the choreography in a shifting environment designed by Clare Britton.

Choreographer and Performer: Kristina Chan

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Kristina Chan is a dancer and choreographer based in NSW, Australia. In 2016 she premiered A Faint Existence for Performance Space’s 2016 Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art at Carriageworks Sydney. In 2018, Kristina premiered new commissioned works MOUNTAIN (Campbelltown Arts Centre), and Summer (City Contemporary Dance Company, Hong Kong), which was followed by an Australian tour. Kristina previously choreographed Conform (Sydney Dance Company, 2015), Grave (Lockup Gallery Newcastle and Catapult Dance, 2015) and a commissioned piece for Expressions Dance Company/Opera Queensland 2017 for Mozart Airborne. Kristina has over 19 years experience performing throughout Australia, Canada, UK, USA, Asia, Israel and Europe, working with companies, independent choreographers and collaborators. Kristina was the recipient of the Ausdance Peggy van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship 2017 and has been awarded a Helpmann Award for her performance in Narelle Benjamin’s In Glass (2011) and two Australian Dance Awards for Tanja Liedtke’s Twelfth Floor (2006) and construct (2009).

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