Commissioned and developed through Nextwave’s Kickstart program. Presented by Next Wave as a part of the Next Wave Festival 2014.
The piece involves three Generation Y contemporary dance artists traversing the arc of the HIV/ AIDS crisis (circa 1981 – 1996) to better understand contemporary issues of health, identity, community, and history. This project aims to combine contemporary dance with queer performance languages; HEX takes queer performance out of the nightclubs and places it within a contemporary arts forum that can critically engage with the work’s themes whilst remaining accessible for non-arts audiences. The work embraces humour, reverence and intense sorrow, in a series of intimate, choreographed vignettes. These vignettes seek to provide the audience with an experience of both celebration and reflection as the show depicts evolving club-dance styles that coincide with the timeline of the Western HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Image: LoveSong. Benjamin Hancock & James Welsby. Image credit: James Brown. Graphic design by Laura Summers www.summersview.com.au
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