LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
DATE OF BIRTH
A Performance Artist working at the intersections of dance, installation, theatre and architecture, his performances attempt to eke out the essence of site, place and materials in relation to and with the performer's body. He provokes through juxtapositions, contradictions and miss-fits and examines the role that the built environment plays in framing and containing human activity.
His works address his post-Holocaust legacy, and create rituals of and for place and time. He conceives of diaspora as a web, a contemporary and historical global condition that calls to question any possibility of home-land. He also works with performer WeiZen Ho on duet and ensemble works in which cultural misunderstanding and ritual enactments are key themes.
He was founding member of the seminal Sydney-based Performance Ensemble Gravity Feed(1992-2004) conceived & designed most of the company’s 20+ works and performed in them all. He formed and has directed Gravity Research Institute since 2000. The works and performances may take the form of stylised ceremony or simple repetitive task, employing simple materials and objects in relation to histories and the performer's body. He employs items such as soap, shoes, sugar cubes, eggs, spices, coloured water, acoustic objects, paper, blankets, to establish the primacy of body, identity and place. He was historically informed by Post-Modern and New Dance methods, and by Min Tanaka’s Bodyweather.
WHO I AM
Performance and installation artist whose primary area of investigation is the diasporic condition.
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