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Branch Nebula

Exposure | 2024

Exposure, 2023, creative development showing. Photography by Jennnifer Greer Holmes
Exposure, 2023, creative development showing. Photography by Jennnifer Greer Holmes
Exposure. @ Henbury Golf Club
Exposure continues Branch Nebula’s investigation of the body under duress, exploring the vulnerability and endurance of the human subject and its capacity for resilience in an unstable atmospheric world. Elemental effects, natural materials and debris are all reconfigured in the design of this work to develop a physical terrain that the performers encounter and endure. Exposure represents a new collaboration with Latia Taumoepeau, whose faivā (body-centred practice) is from her homelands, the Island Kingdom of Tonga and her birthplace Sydney, land of the Gadigal. She brings her cultural knowledge, performance art methodologies and aesthetic to exchange with BN’s long-standing practice.

bio:

Branch Nebula’s productions have toured extensively: Mad Red (1999-2000, Sydney, Belgium, Switzerland), Sentimental Reason (2001-2002, Sydney, Belgium, Perth), Cattle Prod (2002, Belgium), Mrs. White (2004, Sydney), Plaza Real (2004, Sydney), Paradise City (2006-2007, Sydney, Darwin, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Brazil), SWEAT (2009-2011, Sydney, Melbourne, Berlin), Whelping Box (2010-2012, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane), Concrete and Bone Sessions (2012-2013, Sydney Festival, Santiago Chile), s.l.o.a.p. (space left over after planning) (2013-2014, Helsinki URB13 Festival, Hong Kong FreeSpace Festival), Artwork (2015, Sydney), Foodfight, The battle for Food Security (2016 Liverpool City Council, MCA, C3West), Snake Sessions (2016-2019 Nowra, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Warrnambool, Mandurah, Whyalla, Bordertown, Sunshine Coast), SWARM (2016 Campbelltown), STOP-GO (2018 Keir Choreographic Awards), High Performance Packing Tape (2018-2021, Sydney Liveworks Festival, Sunshine Coast, Riga Latvia, Melbourne Festival, Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Festival), DEMO (2019 Sydney), Crush (2010 Sydney Opera House).

statement:

Established in 1999, Branch Nebula is a distinct voice in Australian performance culture. We have enjoyed international success and have been presented by major cultural institutions, yet our work resists easy consumption. We are driven by a deep dissatisfaction with the hierarchies that shape the world, the structures that rank and grade, the barriers that warp and constrain. We value the devalued, spotlight the marginal, and celebrate the clefts in the concrete where the weeds push through. And we have fun with this. In the windy space between the car park and the shopping mall, in the graffitied underpass, and in the piss-stained stairwell built then abandoned, we find pockets of paradise.

Materials | Performance
Location | Henbury Golf Club

Creative Team Latai Taumoepeau Lee Wilson Mirabelle Wouters Mickie Quick Phil Downing Producer Jennifer Greer Holmes Supported by Create NSW, Creative Australia, Bundanon Trust and Cementa