LIGHTENING FIELD brings together, for the first time, the diverse and fluctuating practices of performance drawer Kellie O’Dempsey, installation butoh artist Megan Janet White and sonic artist Luke Jaaniste in a new collaborative work.
The Laundry Artspace is proud to present the premiere performance of LIGHTENING FIELD as part of BARI Festival, within a disheveled warehouse space in Teneriffe, amongst the grime of disused floors, the grift of recent graffiti, and the darkness of night.
Kellie O’Dempsey’s drawing practice is hybrid and diverse, incorporating projection, video, collage, architectural space, gestural line, site-specific installation and live art, through which she explores transformational processes through improvisation and happenstance. The performance drawing works invite the audience to engage directly with the visceral process of making. O’Dempsey’s public and private productions aims to enable an inclusive form of cultural interaction via performance and play.
Megan Janet White and Luke Jaaniste are the co-directors of Brisbane-based ensemble Theatre of Thunder. TOT intertwines butoh dance with immersive sound and atmospheric landscape. Raw and ambient sounds propel the body into a state of poetic rupture and transmutation, whilst illuminated smoke-bubble storms make palpable the fluid dynamic between the sound, body, architecture and audience.
This trio of Brisbane artists has half a century of practice between them, and have been featured in major festivals, exhibitions and workshops across Australia and overseas, including Asia Pacific Triennial QAGOMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, White Night Melbourne, MONA FOMO, Draw to Perform Symposium London, dLux, Art After Dark 18 Biennale of Sydney, Prague Quadrennial of Performance and Design, Perspectives on Hijikata Research Collective Japan and hosting international butoh master Kan Katsura. We look forward to experiencing the results of their hothouse fusion.