ABOUT THE SHOW
Artists and performers, Luke George (Naarm/Melbourne) and Daniel Kok (Singapore-Berlin), exploit the physical properties of rope and knots to unpick the boundaries of desire, trust, consent and communion between artist and audience.
“Bunny” is a nickname given to the person being tied in rope bondage, and in this work, the artists ask ‘what if everyone (in the theatre) is a Bunny?’. In order to unravel shared lines of connection, to suspend tension and to unleash collective desires, Kok and George look to macramé, sailors’ knots, Chinese knots and rope bondage to weave together an interactive and intimate experience of collectivity.
Touring to 15 cities across Asia, Europe and North America (including the Venice Biennale), Bunny returns to Australia for a special season.
This performance involves themes of consent, trust and bondage with audience interaction.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Since 2014, Daniel Kok and Luke George have worked closely studying ropes – rigging, knotting, shibari, macrame – to develop performances and installations. Their multidisciplinary works have been presented in prestigious international contexts such as the Venice Biennale, RISING (Melbourne), Singapore International Festival of Arts, Tanzquartier (Vienna), Taipei Arts Festival, Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting (Yokohama), Abrons Arts Center (New York) and many others. Their 2022 commission for RISING, STILL LIVES: MELBOURNE received 2 Green Room Awards for Outstanding Achievement and Design & Technical Achievement and has recently toured to Singapore and Florence.
Luke George (he/they) is a multidisciplinary artist creating work that spans performance, installation, craft and curation. Luke was born in lutruwita/Tasmania and resides on Wurundjeri Country in Naarm/Melbourne. Informed by queer politics and spaces, Luke’s works explore risk and intimacy and employ daring and at times, unorthodox methods, to create further possibilities for artist and audience to encounter each other. Luke’s work takes him across Australia, Asia, Europe and North America, with notable presentations at the Venice Biennale, National Galleries of Victoria and Singapore, RISING, Dance Massive, Liveworks Festival, Rencontres chorégraphiques de Seine-Saint-Denis, Time Based Art Festival and many more. Luke was a 2019 Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship recipient, in 2020 appointed inaugural Artistic Associate of Temperance Hall and in 2022 was bequeathed a Chloe Monroe Fellowship.
Daniel Kok has a BA in Fine Art & Critical Theory (Goldsmiths College, London, 2001), an MA in Solo/Dance/Authorship (HZT, Berlin, 2012) and has studied Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies (APASS, Brussels, 2014). His performances have been presented across Asia, Europe, Australia and North America, notably in the Venice Biennale, Maxim Gorki Theater (Berlin), AsiaTOPA (Melbourne) and Festival/Tokyo. As artistic director of Dance Nucleus (Singapore), he focuses on building capacities for interdisciplinary praxis and trans-local partnerships in Asia and Australia. He curates the annual da:ns Lab at the Esplanade (Singapore) and is a core group member of the Asia Network for Dance (AND+).
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
Suitable for ages 18+
Contains adult themes
Contains strobe lighting
Contains sexual references