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Presented by STRUT Dance in association with Tura and Perth Festival
Thursday 15 Feb, 6:15pm
Thursday 15 Feb, 9:30pm
Friday 16 Feb, 6:15pm
Friday 16 Feb, 9:30pm
Saturday 17 Feb, 6:15pm
Sunday 18 Feb, 7:15pm
State Theatre of WA Courtyard
STRUT Dance presents Italian artist Michele Rizzo’s bespoke offering Coalescing Towards for the PERTH MOVES hub in association with Tura and Perth Festival.
A choreography that combines contemplation with a gradual intensification of energy and cohesion, the performance explores two key concepts of repetition and unison, to delve into the essence of movement as a medium for forging togetherness. It is rooted in Michele’s choreographic pieces from his series HIGHER xtn., Reaching, and Rest, which draw inspiration from communal dancing.
Coalescing Towards was created in collaboration with local and international dance artists from the Perth MOVES Laboratory and features an original composition by an Australian sound artist Ozlem Kesik commissioned by Tura.
Director and Choreographer
Plyanci is the alias of Boorloo based electronic artist Ozlem Kesik. Kesik’s idiosyncratic practice explores the endearing aesthetics of failure. Incorporating humor and meta irony, Kesik’s work embraces maximal rhythms and electronic glitches as a reflection of our own human fallibility, emotionality, and fragility. Their work draws inspiration from Hyperpop, Techno, Drum & Bass as well as the visual art aesthetics of weirdcore.
Michele Rizzo is an Italian artist living between Amsterdam and Milan since 2007. He combines choreography and visual arts to often explore the fusion of club culture and art. His early trilogy of works, starting with "Higher" in 2015, delved into club aesthetics and expanded into immersive spatial experiences in “Spacewalk” (2017). "Deposition" (2019) examined seeing as an act of validation of both performer and spectator. In 2016, Rizzo ventured into the visual arts, collaborating with Amsterdam's "If I Can't Dance I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution" gallery. His work "HIGHER xtn." (2018) entered the Stedelijk Museum's collection and toured extensively in Europe. In 2020, he continued his research in the visual arts with "Rest" (2020), blending choreography, sculpture, and music, presented at the Quadriennale of Rome and acquired by the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. Rizzo also ventured into fashion collaborations with brands like MARNI, Magliano and Off-White. In 2021, the performance “Reaching" premiered at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, created in collaboration with the Julia Stoschek Collection. In the same year Rizzo made his video debut with "Rest" (2021), inspired by his earlier installation work for the Quadriennale of Rome. The video was acquired by the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum. Rizzo's role as a lecturer in esteemed institutions, including the SNDO School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, adds to his multidisciplinary influence in contemporary art and performance.