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Occasions is a collectively constructed, celebratory dance experience. Using a shared vocabulary, moments of synchronicity emerge as the dancers make themselves available to connection. A dreamscape of swelling energies and drifting winds is formed by their snaking pathways through the seemingly limitless space. Amidst the repetition and continuity of dancers coming and going, Occasions highlights the subtle ingredients that combine to form a heightened, ecstatic moment through a communal sense of presence and attention.
An Evening-length Performance
With An Evening-length Performance, Australian choreographer James Batchelor reimagines the baroque ballroom as a place for queer encounters and expression. A new kind of social dance emerges that invites curiosity about the event space and its inherent theatricality. Sensitive, delicate and poised, the performers embody a shared vocabulary with echoes of their own personal movement histories. As doors open and layers are removed, the formality of the space shifts to allow moments of subtlety and intimacy.
Hyperspace is a solo performed by James Batchelor in intimate theatres and unique found spaces. From the human body to the cosmos, Hyperspace is an inquiry into the metrics we use to measure the deep unknowns of the universe. It proposes a study of the human body seen through the prism of cosmology, a mapping of the universe within and around it. It premiered in Bassano del Grappa in 2018 and was presented in Dance Massive in Melbourne 2019 before extensive touring in Europe. It was chosen as an Aerowaves work in 2019, a prestigious European mobility platform for independent artists.
Deepspace is a multidisciplinary work that investigates arts and science as methods of inquiry into the unknown. From the immediate source of the body through to visual and sonic translations, Deepspace examines processes of searching for, collecting and ordering information that we use to understand the universe. In this work, the body is located between the extremities of remoteness and proximity, connectedness and isolation, certainty and uncertainty.
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An Evening-length Performance: A Provocateur's Perspective
For An Evening-length Performance, which premieres at Tanz im August in summer 2021, Zander participated in the creation process initially as a performer and ultimately as an outside eye, recording reflections on the development of the work.
In recent years James Batchelor and Collaborators have created and presented work across many different countries between Australia and Europe. This environmental audit and report is the first step in generating a better relationship to touring and acknowledging the sustainable practices already employed in our work.
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Elastic Terrain: A Mapping Practice
This is a list of instructions for an improvisation practice titled 'Elastic Terrain: A Mapping Practice'. It was originally created as part of the performances Redshift and Hyperspace, but now takes another life as a score that can be practiced by anyone. Included is the written score accompanied by captioned videos.
Expanding Micro Spaces Workshop
Expanding Micro Spaces was an intensive workshop week led by Choreographer James Batchelor at ALTA in Prague. A range of different approaches to touch, gaze and attention explored the potential of the small gesture, by going even smaller and creating a new palette of micro-detailed movement opportunities.