Production Details / Press Releases
In 2016 the performer, choreographer and filmmaker James Batchelor accompanied a twomonth research expedition to the Antarctic McDonald Islands. “Deepspace” is an artistic response to this journey, in which Batchelor combines dance, sound and installation. With the performer Chloe Chignell and the musician Morgan Hickinbotham he creates a hypnotic, intimate performance that examines our curiosity about the unknown. Playing at the threshold of art and science, the body is taken to the extremes of remoteness and closeness, connectedness and isolation, security and insecurity.
James Batchelor is a prize-winning choreographer and dancer from Australia. His mission as an artist is to make work that inspires curiosity, shifts expectations, expands awareness and creates possibilities. He aspires to finding new ways to make dance into a conversation, a collaboration and an interchange. Batchelor studied dance at the Victorian College of the Arts. Since 2012 he has been commissioned by Chunky Move (“Redshift”), Dance Massive (“Deepspace”), Dancehouse (“Island”), the Keir Choreographic Award (“Metasystems”, “Inhabited Geometries”) and the National Portrait Gallery of Australia (“Smooth Translation”). His choreographies have been seen in Paris, Versailles, Luxemburg, Bassano del Grappa, Chongqing, Bangkok and elsewhere. In 2016 he was resident artist on the Australian marine-research ship RV Investigator, which travelled to sub-Arctic areas and the McDonald Islands. As a performer he has worked with Iván Pérez, Anouk van Dijk (Chunky Move), Antony Hamilton, Prue Lang, Stephanie Lake, Sue Healey and others. james-batchelor.com.au
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Cast & Credits
Choreography: James Batchelor
With: James Batchelor, Chloe Chignell
Composition & Live-Performance: Morgan Hickinbotham
Production Management: Bek Berger
Supported by: the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, the ACT Government through Screen ACT and the City of Melbourne through Arts House. Deepspace was developed through Arts House’s CultureLAB with the assistance of Creative Victoria.
With the support of Australia Council for the Arts.
In cooperation with Kultur Büro Elisabeth.
Tanz im August 2019
Artistic Director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer Festival: Isa Köhler
Producer: Anja Lindner, Marie Schmieder (on parental leave)
Project Management: Simone Graf
Assistant to Artistic Director & Production Assistant: Alina Sophie Scheyrer-Lauer
Production: Florian Greß, Ben Mohai, Sofie Marie Luckhardt, Katharina Rost, Lovisa Sohls Söderberg, Charlotte Werner
Technical Director: Ruprecht Lademann, Patrick Tucholski
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):
University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)