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A monolithic structure has emerged in Fyshwick’s Dairy Road.
Comprised of sky-high concrete columns—36 in total—the sculpture is accessed by a sweeping ramp, encouraging exploration of the space through sight and touch and offering views across the Dairy Road precinct.
This new sculpture, LESS Pavilion, and its artistic implications will be explored in a new dance performance, LESS, next month as Canberra’s own award-winning dance company, Australian Dance Party (ADP) holds its first post-lockdown event.
Australian Dance Party’s Party Leader Alison Plevey, explains that, as a site-specific dance company that creates work inspired by natural and built environments, LESS Pavilion was an obvious choice for a performance space.
“LESS is a performance that has been created from the place, it is an incredible and sort of odd sculpture that reminds us of the power of our imagination and our connection with the built and natural environment.”
The short evening performances, held across two weekends from 10-17 December, will be accompanied by live music from local musicians and will reflect on the open-ended nature of the sculpture.
Commissioned by Molonglo Group from Chilean architects Pezo von Ellrichshausen, the LESS Pavilion pays homage to Canberra’s brutalist architectural roots as well as the feel of ancient temples and structures.
While the Pavilion has no defined “purpose” Alison explains its role as a space in Dairy Road for people to explore, pause and reflect within has informed ADP’s performance.
“The wonderful dancers and the musicians have brought to life this space through their own experiences of being there with it, searching for meaning yet also allowing the space to be, to wash over us in the creative process,” she says.
“We have worked with questions of, ‘Who are we in this space?’ and ‘What could this space be?’ to shape the choreography and images we have been exploring.”
“Following the lockdown this year, it is a wonderful privilege and joy to be able to create and perform for audiences again. In a way, I hope this piece is an invitation to contemplate and reflect on this time and look forward to more positive futures.”
In creating LESS, Alison worked in collaboration with dancers Ryan Stone, Ashlee Bye, Levente Szabo, Jake Silvestro and Patricia Hayes-Cavanagh, accompanied by musicians Alex Voorhoeve and John Mackey.
There will also be a special performance of LESS on Saturday 18 December during the Sound and Fury: Arty Farty Christmas Party performance art party.
Photography: Lorna Sim