OPENING & CLOSING CEREMONY
Inspired by Spartakiada, the mass physical displays of communist Czechoslovakia, the history of gymnastics as a nationalist form, the Brisbane Commonwealth Games opening, and a family celebrating the bicentenary in 1988 with a fancy dress party, Opening & Closing Ceremony attempts to find where the individual body intersects with notions of family, community and nation. Clever, challenging and funny, McKernan’s new dance work and monologue will stand in curious contrast to the recent London event.
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Directions: take the L28 or 428 from Railway Square in Central or King St in Newtown, and get off on New Canterbury Rd at Beach Rd traffic lights. Cross New Canterbury Rd and walk along Constitution Rd for approximately 5 minutes to Arlington Oval (Bus and walk approx. 50 minutes).
Opening & Closing Ceremony is part of HALLS FOR HIRE, a season of site-specifc performance and installation presented by Performance Space in town halls, church halls, sports centres and other community meeting spaces across Sydney. This season invites artists to consider the architecture, history and social function of these spaces and create site-specific interventions that transform, alter, or respond to them via their artistic practices. CLICK HERE for more info.
Artists: Jane McKernan, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Eamon Flack