Inspired by the inexorable process of ageing, JOY is a curious collision of fact and fiction; a dance work that traverses the difficult terrain of knowing ‘old’ when one is still ‘young’.

Art Exhibition previously on at 2010 Next Wave Festival in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Wednesday 19 May 2010 to Sunday 23 May 2010

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Event published by 2010 Next Wave Festival on Tuesday 20 April 2010.
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JOY was created through extensive character research, as collaborators Bryant and Stanley visited relatives, aged care facilities, lawn bowls clubs, and bingo halls, all the while maintaining a dedicated studio practice where they refined their detailed and nuanced approach to dance and movement. Steeped in this research and a deep sense of embodiment, their works create a responsive and unconventional relationship to their audiences. Every performance is unique as the two performers respond, alter and adapt their material according to the shifting audience dynamic on a given night.

Created by the winners of the 2008 Best Dance Performance Award at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, JOY is a work that exists both as an imagined world and as a place firmly rooted in the here and now.

A journey through the playful, poignant and absurd… is JOY.

This project is part of the 2010 Next Wave Festival’s Dance Program. Click HERE to read more about it.

Supporters: Australia Council for the Arts, City of Melbourne, Guildford Lane Gallery, Dancehouse

Guildford Lane Gallery, 20 – 24 Guildford Lane, Melbourne
Price: $20 Full, $15 Concession. Limited audience capacity, booking essential.
Check website for performance times and to book tickets.