SIDE is a new hybrid performance work created by choreographer and dancer
Larissa McGowan in partnership with ARIA
award-winning artist Washington and film director Nick Waterman. The project
marks a deeper level collaboration for the artists, blending their chosen
artforms live performance, moving image and sound design.
SHADOW SIDE sees Washington, the protagonist, travel between two conflicting worlds. One being the present moment, murky and obscure, and the second an imagined world, where emotion is filtered and clear.
In her journey, Washington interacts with an ensemble of dancers, who represent her alter-egos. The interest lies in these interactions and the forms and guises they use to transform her. A look or a touch sees her morph between personalities - absurd, dangerous, real. Throughout the work, Washington treads a fine line between reality and illusion, as her alter-egos seek to infiltrate the here and now.
SHADOW SIDE has been supported by Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance
through The Makers Program - a commissioning project assisted by the Australian
Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body;
the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland; the Regional Arts
Development Fund which is a partnership between the Queensland Government and
City of Gold Coast to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland;
and proudly supported by HOTA Home of the Arts.
“I have been watching Nick’s growth from film to film. From ‘After the Smoke,’ Nick’s journey through adolescent to man and the fear of the classic Australian male fable to ‘Vote Yes,’ Nick’s answer to the rise of nationalism through Australia’s forgotten past. Nick is quickly building a unique Australian voice in cinema - it’s strong and loud.”
“She [Washington] isn’t just a singer, she’s also an actress, and a good one at that. Adopting a different persona to deliver each number, Washington demonstrated a vulnerable yet still commanding character while the emotion took hold of her.”
“McGowan is one of a rare species, a female Australian choreographer. As one of the precious few I hope she continues to be nurtured and commissioned in Australia and elsewhere.”