Concrete Impermanence is a dance work performed by two dancers and a series of objects. It explores the concept of a constant being un-expectantly and irreversibly changed. Natural disasters, particularly earthquakes as well as the personal effects of traumatic events and how this can change ones perception of reality provide a starting point from which the work is abstracted.
Concrete Impermanence premiers at Adelaide Festival Centre in May 2018
Concrete Impermanence is an abstract interpretation of a human experience; a formal minimalist structure is established between the objects and the dancers movement and then imbued with the human experience and emotion. Imagery of earthquakes and the change they bring to the earth and urban environments has been referenced in the creation of this work, connecting to the feeling that what was always seemingly stable and constant has now been drastically changed. The physicality of an earthquake says this in its aftermath, in the same way other life changing events, which might not alter our external appearance, can create dramatic change internally. The dramatic arc of the work and part of the choreography has been shaped by and derived from the dancers moving objects of various sizes.
The work has undergone a series of design and choreographic developments, Morag Cook was integral to this process earlier in the development and the introduction of molo objects has been key to the works development.
By nature all performances of this work are captioned performances and include a screen with text which describes the aural environment of this dance work and enhances the theatre experience for those who are deaf or have difficulty hearing. Text describing the sound score of the dance work will be displayed in real time on a LED screen on stage as part of the performance. This text could be translated to local languages for touring.
Audio Described Performances
A headset soundtrack is available at all performances of this work which plays the sound track of this work and an additional verbal description of the performance happening on stage; the movement of the dancers and sculptures on stage. This soundtrack is timed to match the movements of the actions as they happen in real time.