“a truly beautiful and thought provoking performance” Councillor Steve Toms
The BLOKES project includes a new dance performance by Matt Cornell and Joshua Thomson drawing on stories gathered from a month on the road through the extreme north of Australia, stories from ‘Aussie blokes’, beyond the beer and the bullshit.
Dancing to ‘break the cycle’ of damage to self and others without shame or disassociation of our heritage, we set up a 20ft (side access) shipping container in a public space for a week leading up to performance. We spend this time rehearsing in public view and being available for questioning, advice and discussion from community.
To respect the individual while undermining the mythology in an effort towards reconsideration of our (inescapably patriarchal, often xenophobic, homophobic, sexist) performance of national identity. To offer and support an alternative, pluralist archetype.
We work to question, embody and dissolve the monism of Australian male conduct, offer a chance to meet individuals suffocated by the sometimes humorous, often confronting elements of their sub-culture and present an exploded view of the unspoken rules that simultaneously constrain & liberate our community as a whole.
The creative team:
- Co-creators – Joshua Thomson and Matt Cornell
- Sound designer and composer – Tristen Parr
- Projectionist – Claire Robertson
- Performers – Joshua Thomson and Matt Cornell
First 3/4 of the show performed at Frankston 2016 – lock-off documentary footage
we also had an online showing in 2016 while in the research room at Critical Path – link
and made a video installation called 4×4 Duet
and bonus video here talking about the project at the BOLD festival 2017:
bayside news – link
peninsular radio – link
ABC radio interview –
Just finished this super valuable residency @the_fac Thanks to all who interrupted rehearsals as they walked by to ask "what the hell are you blokes doing?" and then came along to the showing late at night in the cold! And to @tammyryan and her team for supporting us and the vision! And to narellelewis at @performinglines for lining it up! #blokesproject