Two cool kids of the Melbourne dance scene, Antony Hamilton and Alisdair Macindoe, have teamed up to create something unique.
Award-winning Australian choreographer Antony Hamilton will present his most recent work created in residence at Dancemakers. Hamilton’s creations meld movement, sound, and visual design. Hamilton’s work harnesses a curious loop, a sort of chicken-and-egg question about movement generation. Beginning with explorations of machine-generated movement starting from the notion that it was not possible for us before machines existed; we cannot move in a way that we cannot conceive. You can’t do the robot unless you’ve seen the robot.
Hamilton’s argument about conceiving movement harkens something of the Cartesian stumper that God is an infinite and perfect being and because we can conceive of infinity and perfection there must be a God to have given us the idea in the first place. It’s formally sound but predicated on a certain amount of faith.
Machines don’t care about time. Pacing and arc are deeply human and of our own construction – then again, so are machines.
Hamilton has been the recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships including the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in 2014. He was a guest dance curator at The National Gallery of Victoria in 2013-14, honorary Resident Director of Lucy Guerin Inc. in 2014, and inaugural Resident Artist at Arts House in 2015. His show Meeting, created and performed with instrument designer and composer Alisdair Macindoe, will play at Canadian Stage’s Spotlight Australia festival in April 2017. See what happens when dance meets technology.
A Dancemakers production presented in association with Luminato