Presented by Next Wave Festival in association with Arts House
Arts House, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne
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
“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