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Dress, Shelley Lasica


Shelley Lasica, Dress Shelley Lasica, Dress
In addition to her many solo dance performances in non-theatre venues, Shelley Lasica has developed an extensive repertoire of collaborative works with dancers as well as artists from other fields. In Character X at the 1996 Next Wave Festival she collaborated with architect Roger Wood, composer Paul Schutze and visual artist Kathy Temin. Following her series entitled Behaviour spanning four years and six performance works, a video and a publication, Lasica embarked on a new series of theatre pieces. The first, Live Drama Situation, was shown at the Cleveland Project Space in London last year. The second in the series, Situation Live: The Subject, is a performance about theatrical interaction, loss of memory, coincidence and the subject of space. This time, Shelley Lasica collaborates with dancers Deanne Butterworth and Jo Lloyd, writer Robyn McKenzie (editor of LIKE magazine and visual arts critic for the Herald Sun in Melbourne) and composer Franc Tetaz who works as a composer and sound engineer with artists as diverse as Regurgitator and Michael Keiran Harvey. Situation Live is about what happens in the interaction between spoken, written and movement language.

In Dress, Shelley’s collaborator is fashion designer Martin Grant who created the 10 striking dresses with Julia Morison for the exhibition Material Evidence:100-headless woman at the Adelaide Festival. In Dress we see the way a body behaves and is arranged by the physical habits of clothing. Rather than making a costume for a performance, Martin Grant has designed an outfit that both defines and resists the performance of it. Dress was recently presented at Anna Schwartz Gallery as part of the Melbourne Fashion Festival. RT

Situation Live:The Subject and Dress: a costumed performance will be presented for three nights only at The Performance Space, Sydney, April 15-17 at 8 pm

RealTime issue #24 April-May 1998 pg. 40

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