Camel

Presented by Next Wave Festival in association with Arts House

Arts House, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne

Camel’s tactile tour will uniquely offer patrons both tactile and kinaesthetic experiences through active participation.  Camel’s audio description will be inspired and delivered by a trained spoken-word artist.

 Have some aspiration! Someone needs to act as steward for the potency of dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb reality. Could you be that sensitive?

Drawing on the legend of God designing the camel from spare parts of other animals, Geoffrey Watson’s Camel exists in the choreographic hinterland between wearable design, text, dance and music performance. Using the creature’s story as a metaphor for creative intuition, this collision of artforms presents Camel as a bold contemporary emotional innovation strategy.

Three dancers are rendered unidentifiable through ‘anti-costumes’ that negate both their individuality, and the base humanity of their movement. A percussionist competes for attention against an automated voice spouting dogmatic poetry. Mixed metaphors and disparate historical influences are made to sit uncomfortably next to each other like sisters and brothers on a hotel bed – a family whose lives began together but have since drifted in different directions.

All fired up with nowhere to go, Camel is an ardently futilitarian protest performance without agenda.

Choreography, Text and Design by Geoffrey Watson

Performed by Geoffrey Watson, Nana Biluš Abaffy, Alice Heyward, Matthew Hyde and Michael McNab

Lighting Design by Amelia Lever-Davidson

Tactile kinaestheic tour and audio description facilitator: Nilgun Guven

Audio description co-writer and performer: Yung Phily


REVIEWS

“With questions around the nature of creative intuition at its core, young Victorian choreographer, auteur and couturier Geoffrey Watson’s CAMEL produces compellingly clear motifs. Following them is not the point, but they’re glorious to revel in. The staging is simple: a white dance floor expanse before the Arts House main hall stage, on which sits a drum kit, and above which, smaller than you would imagine, hangs a backlit portrait of snowcapped peaks “

-Real Time Arts

Real Time Arts