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posted on 2019-01-01, 00:00 authored by Miles O'NeilMiles O'Neil, Kate HunterKate Hunter
Life/Time was a work of durational site-specific performance presented by students studying ACP205 Performance, Image, Site at Deakin University’s School of Communication and Creative Arts. The performers worked with a combination of rehearsed choreography and framed improvisations in response to Inge King's Forward Surge Sculpture and the surrounding Victorian Arts Centre lawn.





Arts Centre Melbourne


Hamer Hall Riverside Terraces and Lawn

Place of publication

Melbourne, Vic.

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Research statement

Background This practice-led research sits at the nexus of physical and site-specific performance practice and is located within the university actor training context. Contribution Unfolding as a series of processional and durational moving scenes, Life/Time was a site-specific performance by 57 Deakin Drama students. As facilitator, pedagogue and director, the researcher scaffolded exercises where the performers started with ‘interior’ memories of childhood to guide their choreography, and opened up to include into this scope the ‘open’, public and shared space and histories of the Arts Centre lawn. Part of this opening awareness and influence of ‘site’ included Inge King’s situated sculpture ‘Forward Surge’, and other flows and movements, past and present, at the performance site. This work guides students to develop their kinaesthetic, proprioceptive and vocal awareness in a more expanded way that understands the situatedness and entanglement of themselves as performers in the world. Significance An ongoing and fruitful partnership with Arts Centre Melbourne has delivered huge benefits for students involved, particularly around ‘real-world’ engagement as young and emerging theatre-makers making work in and for the community as well as one of the major arts organisations in the state.

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Durational site specific performance event with 57 performers