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Meg Stuart | Media Release

March 1, 2018

CARRIAGEWORKS PRESENTS THE AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF MEG STUART’S AN EVENING OF SOLO WORKS

Sydney, Australia: Carriageworks presents the Australian premiere of ‘An evening of solo works’ from internationally renowned American choreographer Meg Stuart. Headlining the public program for the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award, ‘An evening of solo works’ will be presented at Carriageworks, 19–20 March. Dancehouse will present a following season in Melbourne on the 23 – 24 March 2018.

Meg Stuart is an internationally acclaimed choreographer, dancer and founder of company, Damaged Goods in Brussels. She has created over 30 works, makes dance and theatre, initiated several improvisation projects and collaborates with artists across the visual arts, music and dance. Her latest work Celestial Sorrow, premiered in January 2018 at the Kaaistudios, Brussels. In the same month, Stuart was awarded the Gold Lion for Lifetime Achievement from La Biennale di Venezia.

Stuart was awarded the Gold Lion for ‘having developed a new language and new method for each creation, collaborating with artists working in different disciplines and moving between dance and theatre. Through improvisation, a fundamental aspect of her practice, Stuart has explored physical and emotional states and the memories of them. Seeking ever new contexts and new territories to explore, her work has continuously redefined itself’ – LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

My work navigates the tension between dance and theatre, thought and action, remembering and forgetting. Scripts are written on our bodies: they contain unfinished histories of ourselves and others. MEG STUART

Improvisation is an important component of Meg Stuart’s practice. She has initiated several improvisation projects such as Crash Landing and Auf den Tisch! In 2016 Stuart hosted City Lights – a continuous gathering in the Berlin HAU Hebbel am Ufer, in collaboration with an all-female group of artists. Through improvisation, Stuart explores physical and emotional states or the memories of them. It continually redefines itself while searching for new presentation contexts and territories for dance.

In her solo works, Meg Stuart ventures into the monologue of movement, exploring everyday gestures, physical conditions and emotional states through improvisation. An evening of solo works presents a selection of Stuart’s body of solo works as well as excerpts from evening-length performances. Including, ‘All songs have been exhausted’ from her acclaimed solo work Hunter. The evening offers an intimate access to one of the world’s most critically acclaimed choreographers internationally and rarely seen in Australia.

KEY DATES AND DETAILS

MEG STUART: AN EVENING OF SOLO WORKS CARRIAGEWORKS, SYDNEY
19 – 20 MARCH 2018, $35

POST SHOW DISCUSSION WITH MEG STUART CARRIAGEWORKS, SYDNEY
20 MARCH 2018

MEG STUART MASTERCLASS CARRIAGEWORKS, SYDNEY
16 MARCH 2018, FREE

MEG STUART: AN EVENING OF SOLO WORKS DANCEHOUSE, MELBOURNE
23 – 24 MARCH 2018, $35

 

MEDIA CONTACTS
To request interviews and imagery please contact:
FOR CARRIAGEWORKS: Jasmine Hersee, 0406 649 393 or
Julia Barnes, 0402 678 589.
FOR DANCEHOUSE: Audrey Schmidt, 03 9347 2860.

 

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MEG STUART
Meg Stuart is an American choreographer and dancer, working and living in Berlin and Brussels. She founded her own company, Damaged Goods, in Brussels through which she has realized over 30 productions, ranging from solos to large-scale choreographies, site-specific creations and improvisation projects. Stuart strives to develop a new language for every piece in collaboration with artists from different creative disciplines and navigates the tension between dance and theatre. Her work revolves around the idea of an uncertain body, one that is vulnerable and self-reflexive. It is analogous to a constantly shifting identity and constantly redefines itself while searching for new presentation contexts and territories for dance. Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods has an on-going collaboration with Kaaitheater (Brussels) and HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin).

ABOUT CARRIAGEWORKS
Carriageworks presents a contemporary multi-arts program that engages artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues. The program is artist led and emerges from Carriageworks’ commitment to reflecting social and cultural diversity. The Carriageworks artistic program is ambitious, risk taking and unrelenting in its support of artists. Carriageworks is a cultural facility of the NSW Government and is supported by Create NSW www.carriageworks.com.au

ABOUT DANCEHOUSE
Dancehouse is the centre for independent dance in Melbourne. Through its programs of residencies, performance, training and research, Dancehouse is a space for developing challenging, invigorating, and socially engaged moving art. Dancehouse is also a hub of knowledge and resources, a presenter of outstanding programs targeting multiple communities and a fierce advocate for the vibrancy and literacy of the Australian independent dance sector. www.dancehouse.com.au

ABOUT THE KEIR FOUNDATION
Established by Phillip Keir and Sarah Benjamin the Foundation’s purpose is to foster innovation and excellence in the arts, particularly among new and emerging practitioners. The Keir Foundation has previously worked in commissioning dance projects and this choreographic award emerged from an on-going involvement with the dance community both nationally and internationally. www.keirfoundation.org

MEG STUART, IMAGE EVA WÜRDINGER