[Not About Face] is always engaging, sometimes awkward, sometimes an exercise in failure, finally ecstatic… it’s as if it’s a gift, as if somehow the touching and the following and the watching and the listening, has shaped this movement, making it an expression of our collective desire. —Alison Croggon, ABC Arts
A choreographic experiment in anonymous intimacy and fake belief, Not About Face questions the nature of the unspoken contracts between performer and audience, and investigates belief-utilizing aspects of the supernatural and spiritual. In this performance, the audience is robed in shrouds and is a free-roaming chorus of anonymous witnesses of the performance space. George is joined by collaborators Hilary Clark, Nick Roux, Benjamin Cisterne, Martyn Coutts, and producer Alison Halit. Luke George’s practice is occupied with the interplay between the embodied and conceptual. George explores energy and presence in relation to how we perceive ourselves, each other and the world around us.
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The creative development of Not About Face was supported by grants from the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria, the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Arts House and the Besen Family Foundation. The work was developed in residencies in Melbourne at Arts House CultureLAB, Lucy Guerin Inc, West Space Gallery, Thousand Pound Bend and in New York at Abrons Arts Center. The Australian premiere of Not About Face was funded by the Australia Council and presented at Dancehouse. The New York premiere is commissioned by the Chocolate Factory Theater. International touring of the work is supported by Arts Victoria and the Australia Council.