Ivey Wawn

In Perpetuity | 2022

Ivey Wawn, In Perpetuity at Kandos RSCC, C22. Photo Alex Wisser.
Ivey Wawn, In Perpetuity at Kandos RSCC, C22. Photo Alex Wisser.


Ivey Wawn (1990) is a dancer working and living primarily on Gadigal Land (Inner Sydney). She makes performances mainly for live audiences and performs regularly in the work of other artists from a range of disciplines. She is committed to dance as a potential form of resistance to social abstraction and commodification, making work about labour, being together, sensation and magic among other things. She is supported to continue working as an artist by working in hospitality, and continues to study a Bachelor of Political Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney (since 2016). Ivey’s work has been supported by Artspace, Arts House, the Australia Council for the Arts, Blindside Gallery, Critical Path, DirtyFeet, First Draft Gallery, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Liquid Architecture, Next Wave Festival, Performance Space, and Underbelly Arts Festival among others. Her practice is also supported by the camaraderie of her friends and colleagues both inside and outside artistic practice.

"In Perpetuity" 2022

Three dancers use the choreographic material from the related videos to build a live performance. They slip between the conformity of a dressage choreography and sensation-based impulses for dancing, building an energetic spiral between themselves. ‘In Perpetuity’ is an evolving tool that one can use to sense the world. When sensing the world through In Perpetuity, one sees human and non-human bodies bent to the demands of capital through consensual and non-consensual labour processes. Constrained by the rhythms of capital, bodies are abstracted from their sensuous connections to the world and cut off from their spontaneity in a constant need to remain useful. ‘In Perpetuity’ has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council – its arts funding and advisory body, Next Wave Festival, Performance Space, Critical Path, Arts House, Chunky Move, City of Sydney and Tanzhaus Zurich.


My practice is based in the body and in dance, but is deeply motivated by ideas and research. Generally my work comes into being through a negotiation of, at one end, deep focus on the internal, and on the other end, formulaic construction of systems of operation for the body, and/or bodies, to act within. The physical practices and processes that emerge in the act of making work, for me are derived from the specific lines of conceptual interest and the structures that those lines produce. I work in collaboration with these ideas and with the other bodies that my practice comes into contact with – be those human bodies, other-than-human bodies or inanimate bodies. I am motivated by the politics of the choreographies that emerge and are constructed in the relationships between things. A lot of what I do is powered by a well-articulated imagination and the ability for my body to physically express the sensations that emerge from my attendance to different things. Hence my practice is a practice of tuning the body, or in the case of a group work, bodies, to express a vast array of ideas and sensations.

Materials | Video installation and performance
Location | Kandos RSC Club
Ivey Wawn, In Perpetuity, C22. Photo Gus Armstrong.
Ivey Wawn, In Perpetuity, C22. Photo Gus Armstrong.