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It's Called Achilles

Dates

Wed 23 - Sat 26 Nov, 2022


Venue

The Studio


Tickets
Admit $20*

*plus transaction fee $6.90


Times

Wed-Thu: 7pm
Fri-Sat: 7pm + 9pm


Duration

30 mins


Ages + Warnings

Suitable for ages 15+
Contains adult themes, partial nudity + strobe effects


Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

Part of

MELT Festival


In the name of all that is Camp…

It’s Called Achilles puts the body on show, draped and adorned with exaggerations, frivolities and the dramatic.

A solo contemporary dance work, performed by Michael Smith with live accompaniment from composer Felix Sampson, this is one prolonged and very necessary undressing, where the idea of ‘reveal’ takes an honest turn as Smith relentlessly morphs Camp archetypes with depictions of self.

Witness a celebration and a sequestering of traditional ideals in liberation of Queerness, particularly in regional spaces.

It’s Called Achilles was originally commissioned by Dancenorth in 2021, under the TOMORROW MAKERS program, supported by the Ian Potter Foundation.


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Michael Smith is an artist working within contemporary dance, dance-theatre, film and installation. While delving into themes across gender, fantasy, queerness, persona and paradise, Michael’s work also questions the traditional roles of audience and space.

Michael’s choreographic work has been performed across platforms such as MONA FOMA, Brisbane Festival, Dance Massive Site Responsive Showcase, Metro Arts, Ars Electronica (Austria), TanzZiet (Berlin), AGITART Figueres Festival MOU (Spain), Japan Media Arts Festival, STRUT Dance WA, Sunshine Coast Arts Prize and South Bank Corporations ‘Flowstate’. In support of Michael’s choreographic practice, he was a recipient of the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor’s Fellowship (2019-2020), enabling opportunities across Europe and Israel.

Michael is currently a dancer/performer with Dancenorth under the artistic direction Kyle Page and Amber Haines, based on Gurambilburra – land of the Wulgurukaba and Bindal people. Michael worked as a core artist and continues to collaborate with dance-theatre company The Farm which significantly shaped and developed his artistic ethos as a performer/maker.

Felix Sampson is a creatively passionate individual who loves making and learning.

Born in Wellington, Felix studied at the New Zealand School of Dance (NZSD), graduating in 2015 with a Diploma in Dance Performance. While studying at NZSD he worked with the phenomenal staff of NZSD and many influential choreographers such as Ross McCormack (Preface: Homage to a Risk), Douglas Wright (Rapt excerpts), Thomas Bradley (Conditions of Entry), and Sarah Foster-Sproull (Forgotten Things) to name a few. Upon graduating, Felix worked with Malia Johnston in her short work Semble which was performed at the Cubadupa Festival in Wellington (2016), and World of Wearable Art during their mini show at the Brancott Estate, choreographed by Victoria Colombus.

Felix then joined Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) in May 2016 as a full-time company dancer. Upon joining ADT he performed in the exciting return season of Ignition working with choreographers such as Lina Limosani, Katrina Lazaroff, Erin Fowler, Matte Roffe and Thomas Fonua. He then performed multiple works under the ground-breaking choreographer and directorship of Garry Stewart; Objekt, The Beginning of Nature, and Doppelganger.

He joined Dancenorth in 2017 and has enjoyed an incredibly rich and stimulating relationship with directors Kyle page and Amber Haines, and also his fellow colleagues of the dancer ensemble who continually inspire him everyday with their aspirations for excellence and creative spontaneity. Whilst at Dancenorth he has performed the works; Attractor (Lucy Guerin & Gideon Obarzanek), Rainbow Vomit, Tectonic, Dust, Noise (Kyle Page & Amber Haines) Communal Table (Directored by Kyle Page and Amber Haines in which Felix performed a solo choreographed by Thomas ES Kelly), Surge (Gabrielle Nankivell), One Infinity (Gideon Obarzanek). In Felix’s spare time he enjoys many other creative practices such as writing and playing music, Visual Art, Creative Writing, and selecting records for local Townsville Pubs and Clubs.


cast and crew

Choreographer / Performer: Michael Smith
Performer / Sound Composition: Felix Sampson
Costume Design: Andrew Treloar
Dramaturgy: Ashleigh Musk and Amber Haines


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Michael Smith’s It’s Called Achilles was a bizarre look at the notion of ‘camp’. It began with Smith rushing around the theatre, weaving in and out of the audience, panting noisily. The work culminated oddly with Smith leaping out of a window at the very rear of the theatre’s old stage, which is rarely used.

Trevor Keeling, Artshub

  • Michael Smith’s It’s Called Achilles was a bizarre look at the notion of ‘camp’. It began with Smith rushing around the theatre, weaving in and out of the audience, panting noisily. The work culminated oddly with Smith leaping out of a window at the very rear of the theatre’s old stage, which is rarely used.

    Trevor Keeling, Artshub

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