Photographs: by Patrick Berger, Pierre Grobois, Laurent Phillippe, Sarah Walker, Tomi Paasonen

Support: “Erotic Dance” pre-premiered at Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis / Théâtre Le Colombier - Bagnolet, Paris in May 2015 and officially premiered in the Festival of Live Art / Arts House - Melbourne. The work has been supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Lucy Guerin Inc's "Pieces for Small Spaces"/ “First Run” (Melbourne), CATCH!, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Abrons Arts Center (New York City), fieldworks (Brussels), Théâtre de Vanves (Paris), and Metro Arts (Brisbane).

Performances:


November 17th - 18th, 2017

Sala Hiroshima | Barcelona, Spain


March 24th - 25th, 2017

In Extremis Festival | Théätre Garonne | Toulouse, France


September 2nd, 2016

The International Tanzmesse 2016 | Düsseldorf, Germany


August 25th-26th, 2016

Dock 11 | PAA/Tomi Paasonen  | Berlin (Germany)


March 2nd-5th, 2016 | *Premiere

Festival of Live Art | Arts House | Melbourne (Australia)


February 24th-25th, 2016 | Previews

Metro Arts | Australian Performing Arts Market | Adelaide (Australia)


May 26th-28th, 2015 | *Pre-Premiere

Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis

Théâtre Le Colombier |Bagnolet, Paris (France)

|Works|

Breathing, shuddering, shaking and pulsing, EROTIC DANCE is a duet between dancer, Luke George and sound artist, Nick Roux. It summons an experience of art that is sensual and visceral, intimate and mesmeric. In Susan Sontag’s 1961 essay Against Interpretation, she writes “we need an erotics of art”. George flirts with Sontag’s phrase, discovering an erotics of form, and a form of eroticism. Playing with frequency, vibration, energy and breath, EROTIC DANCE induces heightened perception to recover our senses; to see more, hear more, feel more; a kind of feeling-seeing.



Concept, choreography and performance: Luke George

Original sound creation and performance: Nick Roux

Dramaturgy: Nicola Gunn

Lighting design: Bosco Shaw

Costume design: Justin Kelly & Luke George

Producer: Alison Halit

Reviews:


“A sublime twinning of movement and sound growing together... George’s nakedness frees his body; he is releasing himself from  expectations, almost eschewing performance in this intensely private work which is yet playing with notions of the public gaze and erotica... Erotic Dance is a remarkable work, the imagery and mood stay with you. You get the full sense of the fragility and power of the body, especially when the sound becomes noise and threatens to overwhelm.”

    Liza Dezfouli / Australian Stage (Melbourne)


“...This work interrogates itself, and its capacity to create a connection with those watching. The erotic dance is only a metaphor for the performance, of the bonds created and undone with the audience. Purposefully provocative, George pushes the framework to the very limit - pushes those lines that define the tenuous link between the set and the room - and in doing so literally propels us into the set.

    Denis Sanglard / Un Fauteuil Pour l'Orchestre (Paris)