Art, Sculpture and installations
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Photograph: Gregory Lorenzutti
Jo Lloyd and Nicola Gunn in Mermermer

Explore the frontiers of gender, politics and spectacle in this festival of experimental and cross-disciplinary work at Carriageworks

Liveworks festival is the main event in Performance Space's annual program, showcasing local, interstate and international artists pushing the frontiers of art and performance. This year you can have your feet baptised, have an awkward conversation about sex, or just chill out under Ross Manning's gorgeous rainbow-coloured light installation Melody Lines, in the Carriageworks foyer. 

There's a strong strong dance focus this year, with new works by Kristina Chan/Force Majeure, Nicola Gunn/Chunky Move, and three leading dance practitioners from Asia: Indonesian dancer Rianto (whose solo performances fuse the traditional erotic dance ‘Lengger’ with contemporary choreography); and Chinese duo XiaoKe + ZiHan, who explore the extremes of body movement to make works about life in contemporary China.

If you want sex and comedy, Mish Grigor (of Post collective) is performing her hit Edinburgh Fringe show The Talk, in which she enlists audience members to help her re-enact awkward conversations about sex and sexuality that she's had with members of her family.

Music-lovers will want to see the Stiff Gins sing the stories of Indigenous artefacts from museums, in their music-based performance The Spirit of Things; and watch pioneering experimental musician Jon Rose (who has collaborated with Kronos Quartet) team up with locals Ensemble Offspring to play music on his collection of hand-made instruments – including a fence.

There's also an Ecosexual Bathhouse by Perth collective Pony Express; an intimate Cleansing Service by Taiwanese artist River Lin, in which you can have a troubling part of your body purified literally and figuratively; and an epic video installation by Tina Havelock Stevens pairing storm footage from South-West Texas, and a live soundtrack performed each night by Stevens (who is a drummer) and guitarist Liberty Kerr.

By: Dee Jefferson


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