Commissioned through Vitalstatistix’s Incubator program in 2019, Progress Report is a new solo performance about consumerism and waste. The work puts everyday decisions under the microscope to reveal seemingly contradictory, at times hilarious and often unbearable truths. A hortative manifesto that boldly proclaims wasting waste is a waste, Progress Report exemplifies the imperative need to transform the value of garbage.
Progress Report brings together long-time collaborators, dance makers and multidisciplinary artists Alison Currie and Alisdair Macindoe, and their mutual interest in the place of objects and subjects in performance.
Through their work they investigate human dependency on and intimacy with objects and how interactions between performer and object can convey tenderness, loneliness and isolation. The upcycled objects in Progress Report become friends, strangers, clothing, and environments, that can instantly be reduced back to packaging or rubbish.
Progress Report features several cubic metres of industrial plastics that have been intercepted midway through their recycling process. The work mirrors a dynamic state of change, reflecting this intercepted process, where objects, performer, text and choreography are in flux.
Progress Report is supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Arts SA, Vitalstatistix Incubator Residency and DanceHub SA Residency
“Perfectly executed work that interrogates, at its heart, humans’ love of consumption and the ugly side to our consumerist addiction…”
“An exceptional and challenging performance, Progress Report is truly magnificent. ★★★★☆”
“Progress Report is riveting dance theatre that uses humour and whimsy to raise serious issues about our complicated relationship to waste.”