Some events in life call into question our entire understanding of the world, exposing a reality where anything can change at any moment. Drawing on the universal human experience of grief and loss, Concrete Impermanence prompts audiences to reflect on how global events impact on their own experiences of trauma.
Concrete Impermanence premiered at Adelaide Festival Centre in May 2018. The work will be presented by Dancehouse as part of Dance Massive on 17 + 18 March 2019.
Some events in life call into question our entire understanding of the world, exposing a reality where anything can change at any moment. Drawing on the universal human experience of grief and loss, Concrete Impermanence prompts audiences to reflect on how global events impact on their own experiences of trauma. Sculptural objects and performers connect on stage to create an ever shifting set of states; the dancers are at home with the objects in one moment, then attempting to build with them, sheltering under them, crushed or concealed by them. Through these relationships and environments we reveal the fragility of human existence; in its tragedy, its poetic beauty, in the inevitable reality of a fragile existence and in the acceptance that this is ok. Impermanence is the only thing that is concrete.
Concrete Impermanence is created with both deaf and hearing audiences in mind.
Alison Currie is a maker and performer of dance with a Research Masters in Choreography and Performance from the University of Roehampton, London and a BA in Dance Performance from Adelaide College of the Arts. Alison’s work forms connections between, audiences, performers, objects and locations in various ways. She has created works for theatres, galleries, site speciﬁc live performance and video, and often works collaboratively with sound, visual and media artists. Alison has been working as a choreographer since 2004. Her ﬁrst major work 42a premiered at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation in Adelaide in 2008 and toured to three states of Australia in 2010.
Alison’s work for Dance Massive 2019 Concrete Impermanence premiered at Adelaide Festival Centre in 2018 and toured to The Substation in Newport, Victoria. In 2018 she also presented Creatures with The Human Arts Movement at the Samstag Museum of Art in response to renown visual artist Aldo Iacobelli’s A Conversation with Jheronimus for Adelaide Dance Festival. Close Company made in collaboration with Singapore based company RAW Moves was her third work to premiere in 2018 with seasons in Singapore and OzAsia Festival, Adelaide.
Her other major works include: I Can Relate commissioned as part of 24 Frames Per Second by Carriageworks, Sydney and presented with live performance component at ACE open, Adelaide, Things Meeting Now co-created with Bridget Currie and performed at the Art Gallery of South Australia for Adelaide Festival, Artbank Sydney and at Roehampton University London, Drawing Machine created with designer Michael Hurley performed at Wimbledon Space, London, Three ways to hold co-directed with visual artist Bridget Currie for South Australian School of Art Gallery, Solo a reinterpretation from a memory of Pere Faura’s work she viewed once six years previous to the performance as part of Return to Sender at Performance Space, Sydney, and Build, Hold, Destroy as part of Window World outdoor event commissioned by Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Concrete Impermanence – Reviews
“Choreographer Alison Currie is masterful, her vision is reflective and does not force itself.” - Lowry, Grace 2018, The Melbourne Critique
“… the central idea of change in both objects and people emerges clearly. And the dancing is terrific.” – Brissenden, A 2018, Adelaide Review
“… an energetic and dynamic experience of contemporary theatre that pushes the boundaries of dance.” – Watts, P 2018, Broadway World Adelaide
“This dance work fuses movement, art, sculpture and distinct imagery into poetic beauty.” - Kuljis, C 2018, Dance Life Australia
“… innovative and ingenious.” - Kuljis, C 2018, Dance Life Australia
“Alison Currie’s Concrete Impermanence, is intriguing, innovative, edgy and abstract, exploring the fragility of existence and the strength of the human spirit.” – Kuljis, C 2018, Dance Life Australia