Production Details / Press Releases
MEETING A robot-assisted recital: in a circle of 64 computer-controlled machines that drum complex rhythms onto the floor, Antony Hamilton and his colleague Alisdair Macindoe carry out synchronous, symmetrical, coordinated minimal movements. Influenced by popping, the duet merges the organic with the mechanical. Hamilton and Macindoe come across like acrobats in a circus ring, then like robots performing monotonous tasks on an assembly line. Finally they rearrange themselves and the ‘drum tappers’, and the choreography becomes a mechanically animated sound installation: after the initially meditative tapping comes an increasingly polyphonous buzzing, ringing and drumming, as in a toyshop or a clockmaker’s. A magical mechanical-human dialogue, with which the Australian choreographer Antony Hamilton and the dancer and instrument-maker Alisdair Macindoe are appearing in Berlin for the first time.
Antony Hamilton is an independent choreographer. His award winning creations involve a sophisticated melding of movement, sound and visual design. His major works include the seminal “Black Project 1”, and critically acclaimed “MEETING”. He has created numerous national and international commissions including “Keep Everything” for Chunky Move and “Black Project 3” for The Lyon Opera Ballet. Antony was the inaugural recipient of the Russell Page Fellowship in 2004, Tanja Liedtke Fellowship in 2009, a Creative Australia Fellowship in 2012, and Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in 2014. Antony was guest dance curator at The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, in 2013/14, honorary Resident Director at Lucy Guerin Inc dance company in 2014, and inaugural Resident Artist at Arts House in 2015.
Alisdair Macindoe is a Melbourne-based dancer and choreographer who trained in dance at the Victorian College of the Arts. He has performed with Lucy Guerin Inc, Chunky Move, Antony Hamilton and Leigh Warren and Dancers and performed works by Katrina Lazarof, Lina Limosani, Nat Cursio, Jo Lloyd, Gerard Van Dyke, Underpass, Bare Bones Collective. Alisdair Macindoe has also presented his own work, “Bromance” (2010), “525600LOVE” (2009) and “Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain” (2008). In 2012 he performed in Lucy Guerin Inc’s “Untrained” and “Conversation Piece”, Antony Hamilton’s “Keep Everything” and Gideon Obarzanek’s “Assembly”, earning him a Green Room Award for Best Male Dancer for his year’s work. In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Male Dancer for his performance in Stephanie Lake’s “DUAL”. Alisdair won a Green Room Award for Composition in a dance work in consecutive years for Antony Hamilton’s “Black Project 2” (2014) and Benjamin Hancock’s “Princess” (2015).
Cast & Credits
Choreography, Artistic Director, Performance: Antony Hamilton
Design / Construction of Instruments, Composer, Performance: Alisdair Macindoe
Light: Bosco Shaw
Costume: Paula Levis
Production: Insite Arts – Freya Waterson
Supported by the Australia Council.
Tanz im August 2015
Artistic director: Virve Sutinen
Production management: Sven Neumann
Artistic collaboration & project management: Andrea Niederbuchner
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the the Capital Culture Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs.
Supported by Aventis Foundation.
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU3)
Tempelhofer Ufer 10
Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27
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)