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Star Spangled Banter

Jonathan Homsey

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'Star Spangled Banter' (2021), Jonathan Homsey. Photo by Shannon May Powell.
14—17 October 2021
10am

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Star Spangled Banter laments, salutes and magnifies homogenised anthems. Using the national anthems of Australia and U.S.A as a starting point, this solo by Jonathan Homsey creates a vocabulary of somatic oxymorons.

Star Spangled Banter unpacks and negotiates political urgency from his lived experience of the 1997 handover of Hong Kong and American patriotism. Fuelled by the philosophy of Dr. Philipa Rothfield on the corporeal uncanny, this work unravels how cultural and political phenomenons sit within our body and how we can expunge them one booty-shake at a time.

Choreographer and Performer: Jonathan Homsey
Outside Eye: Dr. Philipa Rothfield
Dramaturgical Consultant: Anton Rivette

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Jonathan Homsey is fascinated in the intersection of street dance, visual art, and social engagement. Born in Hong Kong and raised in the United States of America, he immigrated to Australia in 2010 where his award-winning choreographic practice has evolved from a theatrical context to interdisciplinary installations across Australasia and Japan. Colliding with mediums from ceramics to augmented reality, Jonathan’s practice uses street and queer dance movement vocabularies to explore utopian worlds and emotional connection. This can be seen from his recent works I Am Maggie, Caca-Capitalismo and Mx.Red all which garnered national press and critical acclaim. In this decade Jonathan is passionate about providing intimacy and satire through hybrid digital/physical spaces. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology where he is examining the social impact of choreography.

This project is amplified by Melbourne Fringe as part of the Cash For Creatives Program.

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