Stalker Theatre

    a meditation on fragility.

    This is a video edit of Stalker Theatre’s work ENCODED, first presented at Carriageworks in Sydney in November 2012.

    ENCODED is an immersive aerial dance performance and installation that uses the latest interactive technologies to build a projected digital environment that responds to the movements of the performers.

    Mired in flesh, tethered to our organs, we are coded into being and stagger forward on our bones into the crackling, jagged place where sensation and abstraction collide. Dreaming of edens, we build our fragile campsites from concrete and girder, and gaze through screens at our makings. The pixels shimmer, the atoms swirl. We move and our eddies sweep away our tenderly crafted spaces. We are haunted by the iron promise of dissolution.

    Performers Lee-Anne Litton, Miranda Wheen, Rick Everett, Timothy Ohl
    Conception and direction David Clarkson
    Digital artist - interactive systems Andrew Johnston
    Digital artist - virtual costumes Alejandro Rolandi
    Digital artist - architectural mapping design Sam Clarkson
    Choreographer Paul Selwyn Norton
    Composer Peter Kennard
    Costume designer Annemaree Dalziel
    Multimedia dramaturg and consultant Kate Richards
    Lighting designer Mike Smith
    Digital production and operation Andrew Bluff
    Video Documentation: Sam James and Denis Beaubois

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  2. PHOSPHORI is a roaming performance for public spaces at night. Three stilt walkers each wear a metal framework on which are mounted small projectors. Projected images are cast onto the performer’s body, creating a malleable, fluid costume. The projectors are battery-powered and the projections they create on the performers are driven by iPods. The performers are thus self-contained. They wind their way through audiences and space, interacting with and re-visioning the space they inhabit.

    PHOSPHORI is both spectacular and intimate. The overall feeling of the work is a visceral sensation of the human amidst an ever-changing world: we exist in and are surrounded by perpetual flux. Nothing is as it seems; space, perception itself and the world around us are all subject to profound change.

    PHOSPHORI runs 20 minutes and can be performed three times each night with 30 minute breaks in between. The technical and staging requirements are minimal – we need only a dressing room and access to power for charging batteries. The show tours with four or five people, depending on the length of the tour.

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  3. Stalker Theatre's break dance, aerial, stilt acrobatic fusion.

    Elevate is an explosive outdoor or indoor event fusing hip-hop and breakdance and beatboxing with Stalker’s trademark stilt acrobatics. Conceived by David Clarkson and directed by Nick Power aka B Boy Rely this is an energetic street style performance. The high voltage work pushes the boundaries of contemporary street theatre, capturing audiences with its risk taking approach to both breaking and stilts.

    Elevate is a highly disciplined, physically rigorous, and breathtakingly spectacular work which incorporates the street-dancing style, acrobatic dance, and daring of breakdance with Stalker’s subtlety of performance and spectacle. It stars one of the world’s leading breakers Bboy Blond and is highly accessible for all ages. Stalker can perform two shows per day either inside or outside and also offer workshop opportunities.

    This innovative work premiered in Australia in 2010 in Canberra and has been well received in Sydney at both the street festival, Hoopla (Sydney), and at the hip hop festival - Platform 3 at Carriageworks, Sydney. It was most recently performed at the Festival Deventer Op Stelten in the Netherlands in July 2012 and will next be seen in Hong Kong in December 2012.

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  4. MirrorMirror is a beautiful, ethereal piece of dance-theatre. Utilising aerials, floor choreography and water this dynamic work it is at once physically astounding and hypnotising. The two performers work in perfect harmony, exercising flawless synchronisation to move across a stage filled with water to create a work of majesty and poetry. Mirror Mirror is a dreamy yet arresting work that leaves audiences breathless, captivated by the enchanting world created by these two stunning performers.

    Performers David /Clarkson and Dean Walsh (Ex-DV8) combine with Dutch-based choreographer Paul Selwyn Norton, to build a visually intense, dynamic, yet poetic, encounter above water focusing on the theme of the mortal body and ‘the other side’.

    MirrorMirror is a duet of dance, physical theatre and aerial fusion. The third in a trilogy of works that Stalker has devised which investigates notions of ending. The unique set allows the choreographic language to take flight via an aerial tracking system, which runs upstage to down and dynamically suspends the performance above a water floor. MirrorMirror explores the concept that information and ideas are held within the body – in genetics, in movement patterns, in memory and in ancestry. Personal identity is not fixed but rather spread over time, place and space.

    Australia’s Stalker Theatre has been a regular visitor to the European festival scene over the last twenty years. In its new performance MirrorMirror the company is branching out into the new realm of dance while retaining its hallmark features of bold visuals and outspoken aerial physicality.

    “MirrorMirror is a majestic dancing (moving) artwork.” Door Eric Nederkoorn, Dagblad Van Het Noorden, 24 August 2009
    Noorderzon Festival, The Netherlands

    “A dazzling, breathlessly enthralling combination of aerialist/physical theatre work and dance.”
    Lynne Lancaster, Artshub, 7 October 2009
    Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Sydney, Australia

    “It’s gravity defying - and its get better. [The water] becomes a mirror of their every move, doubling the fascination and the pleasure of watching these two outstanding performers working so closely together.”
    Jill Sykes, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 October 2009
    Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Sydney, Australia.

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  5. RED explores the texture and ephemeral nature of falling, suspension and gravity, its thematic base being part of a triptych of performances developed by Stalker’s Co-Artistic Director, David Clarkson. The first part of the triptych, Four Riders, observed the end of the Christian world according to Revelations. In the second part, RED, we explore the end of the world as foreseen by western science and Science Fiction. The provocation is to imagine the Earth in several billion years time where the sun is about to embrace the Earth and turn it into a red giant. What forms will we humans take? What will our obsessions and desires be, as we prepare for the earth to fall into the sun?

    The setting for RED is based around a unique new acrobatic aerial apparatus designed by Max Meyer with Stalker. Simple in its conception but complex in its artistic ramifications, the Catapult is a device of beauty and elegance that offers explosive potential. In RED the dancers inhabit the stage with strangely erratic movements as the two Catapults are slowly raised and aerialists fall from the sky. Long-legged creatures (three 4.5 metre stilt walkers) emerge from the ground and distort the notion of time and space.

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Stalker Theatre is one of Australia’s pre-eminent physical theatre companies. Founded in 1989, it celebrates over two decades of outstanding achievement in the production of innovative, inter-disciplinary, physical and visual theatre.…

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Stalker Theatre is one of Australia’s pre-eminent physical theatre companies. Founded in 1989, it celebrates over two decades of outstanding achievement in the production of innovative, inter-disciplinary, physical and visual theatre. Stalker has toured its hallmark outdoor and indoor productions to remote and urban locations across Australia and to Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Stalker makes high quality contemporary physical theatre in Australia across a range of cultural, social and political contexts, regions and nations, and delivers its work to extraordinarily diverse audiences. Its striking physical and visual productions communicate powerfully and imaginatively far beyond the constraints of traditional theatrical contexts. Its challenging new approach to physical performance draws on contemporary dance, new circus, martial arts, innovative approaches to dramaturgy, and inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural practices and processes.

Stalker produces a portfolio of distinct works, ranging from small, mobile street theatre productions to large site specific outdoor work, and includes both intimate and large scale indoor works, as well as a series of ongoing masterclasses.

Stalker produces the works of its directors David Clarkson and Rachael Swain as well as the projects of the intercultural company Marrugeku, which creates intercultural performance in Indigenous contexts in Broome, Western Australia.

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