Premiere: March 12th - 16th, 2019

Presented by Arts House as part of Dance Massive 2019

Art as an avalanche in an unstable landscape. Provoked by the debilitating culture of individualism today, Public Actions rallies the audience as mobilised citizens. When the lines between observation and participation become blurred, artist and audience may enter into a collaborative relationship and work together to reconsider the question of art as a force for social cohesion.

Public Actions involves a compelling and diverse group of artists in a series of ruptures in the theatre. Parts 2 and 3, Public Action and Group Action are performative ‘happenings’, that terraforms the theatre and instigates a mass displacement and relocation. Part 1, A Call To Actions, is an exhibition of recorded documents of public happenings in public spaces.

The three-part work highlights situations where bodies and objects, the artist and the public negotiate the social codes behind their collective actions.

Lead artist, Concept & Choreography: Luke George

Sound & Video artist: Nick Roux

Performers: Alexander Powers, Latai Taumoepeau, Leah Landau, Luke George, Melanie Lane, Nick Roux, Russell Walsh, Timothy Harvey

Lighting design: Matthew Adey for Beizj Studio

Photography: Gregory Lorenzutti

Dramaturgy: Daniel Kok, Nicola Gunn

Producer: Alison Halit

Production Manager: Emily O’Brien

Image: Pippa Samaya


"It’s a fascinating, multifaceted work that is an ambitious attempt to think about how performance might intersect with its audience, amplifying this experiment to the larger questions of how human beings conduct themselves in public space... The risk of venturing oneself into relationships with others, especially with strangers, is delicate and complex: when something succeeds in disrupting our imposed boundaries... there’s a lightness and freedom that registers in how your body exists in space, in relationship to everything and everybody else. And that is a beautiful opening of the self, that perhaps we can carry out into the world, into our other relationships: the faith that such a thing is possible, and that we can make it."

    Alison Croggon | Witness Performance


People Watching People - ‘Public Actions’ as Social Choreography

    -by Daniel Kok


Oct 2019 | Part 1: A Call To Actions | Nottdance Festival | Nottingham, UK

Oct 2019 | Part 1: A Call To Actions | Théåtre Garonne | Toulouse, France

Mar 2019 | *Premiere: Full Triptych | Dance Massive | Arts House | Melbourne, Australia

Nov 2018 | Part 1: A Call To Actions | Abbotsford Convent | Open Spaces Festival | Melbourne, Australia

Mar 2018 | Part 2: Public Action | Keir Choreographic Award | Carriageworks | Sydney, Australia

Mar 2018 | Part 2: Public Action | Keir Choreographic Award | Dancehouse | Sydney, Australia

Public Actions is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. The three parts were developed through residencies at The Abbotsford Convent Foundation; Liveworks Lab (Performance Space/Bundanon Trust); Temperance Hall; Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse); Tanzhaus Zürich (Zürich); and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.

Part 1: Public Action was originally commissioned by Carriageworks, Dancehouse and The Keir Foundation and premiered as part of the 2018 Keir Choreographic Awards

Part 2: Group Action is commissioned by Arts House CultureLAB

Part 3: A Call To Actions was developed in partnership with The Abbotsford Convent Foundation