Concrete Impermanence

Some events in life call into question our entire understanding of the world, exposing a reality where anything can change at any moment. Drawing on the universal human experience of grief and loss, Concrete Impermanence prompts audiences to reflect on how global events impact on their own experiences of trauma.

Created By
Alison Currie
Produced By
Insite Arts

Some events in life call into question our entire understanding of the world, exposing a reality where anything can change at any moment. Drawing on the universal human experience of grief and loss, Concrete Impermanence prompts audiences to reflect on how global events impact on their own experiences of trauma. Sculptural objects and performers connect on stage to create an ever shifting set of states; the dancers are at home with the objects in one moment, then attempting to build with them, sheltering under them, crushed or concealed by them. Through these relationships and environments we reveal the fragility of human existence; in its tragedy, its poetic beauty, in the inevitable reality of a fragile existence and in the acceptance that this is ok. Impermanence is the only thing that is concrete.

Concrete Impermanence is created with both deaf and hearing audiences in mind.

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Performance History

  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017

Adelaide Festival Centre

Australia

Substation – Melbourne

Australia

Dance Massive – Melbourne (development showing)

Australia

Media

“The sculptural forms punctuate both space and movement, provoking our imaginations. [Their] successful integration […] is a credit to Alison Currie and all […] who assisted in the development and realisation of this performance. The dancers performed an energetic and dynamic experience of contemporary theatre that pushes the boundaries of dance.”

Broadway World

“Alison Currie’s premiere contemporary dance work, Concrete Impermanence, was intriguing, innovative, edgy and abstract, exploring the fragility of existence and the strength of the human spirit. […] The dance pieces are innovative and ingenious which encourages you to explore the complexity of life: layered and transcendent.”

Dance Life

“Concrete Impermanence [channels] the inexorable motion of things into the bodies of humans and the fibres of cardboard. All atoms. All in constant flux. All in the process of unbecoming. Yet, in the end, just when you think you’re in a world of quantum gravity […] you are returned to the body. To the visceral experience of impermanence.”

Dance Informa

Credits

Choreographer
Alison Currie
Performers
Alison Currie
Harrison Ritchie Jones
Stephen Sheehan
Sound Design
Alisdair Macindoe
Lighting Design
Matthew Adey
Audio Visual
Jason Lam
KaboomStudio
Creative Assistant
Carlie Angel
Creative Producer
Jason Cross
Costume Design
Anny Duff
Goods Studios
All Birds
(shoes only)
Objects Design
Stephanie Forsythe
Molo
Todd MacAllen
Molo
Set Consultant
Stephen Hayter
Design Consultant
Morag Cook
Access Consultants
Lara Torr
Gaelle Mellis
Technical Sound Support
Sascha Budimski
Image Credits
Sam Roberts

Contact

Producer
Jason Cross → Email