Sydney Festival: One Infinity

December 31, 2018 by Arts Editor
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One Infinity is a hypnotic, cross-cultural music and dance collaboration, in which the audience is also performers.

Recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey, Chinese quqin master Wang Peng, Australian Jewish director/choreographer Gideon Obarzanek and composer Max de Wardener bring together traditional Chinese music and contemporary movement in an intricate, echoing dance.

The performance is a collaboration between Australian and Chinese artists including four composers, two choreographers, two dance companies and a musical ensemble with dancers from Beijing Dance Theatre and Dancenorth (Australia) are dispersed amongst the audience, creating a simultaneously performative and interactive experience

Meet the people

  • Gideon Obarzanek (director & choreographer)
  • Genevieve Lacey (co-composer & musician)
  • Wang Peng (co-composer & musician)
  • Wang Yuanyuan (director, Beijing Dance Theatre)

Gideon Obarzanek

Genevieve Lacey is a recorder virtuoso, serial collaborator and artistic director, with a significant recording catalogue and a career as an international soloist. She has created a substantial body of large-scale collaborative works across performance, radio, theatre, public art, and has also premiered scores of new works written especially for her.

Melbourne-born Gideon Obarzanek is a director, choreographer and performing arts curator. He is currently artistic director with the Melbourne Festival, co-curator for the inaugural Asia Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts and Chair of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Founding dance company CHUNKY MOVE in 1995, he remained CEO and artistic director until 2012.

Wang Peng is a contemporary expert of the ancient Chinese instrument the guqin. Not only is he a master performer, but he also builds ququins and is revered for his craftsmanship. He is the executive director of the Chinese Musical Instrument Makers Association and founded the Jun Tian Fang Music Ensemble.

Beijing Dance Theater is led by choreographer Wang Yuanyuan together with visual artists Tan Shaoyan and Hanjiang. The company has worked with internationally renowned dramatists, musicians and designers including French choreographer Anthony Egea and Chinese theatre director Lin Zhaohua and are considered one of the foremost producers of Chinese contemporary dance.

One Infinity 

Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh NSW 2015

When: 23–27 January, 5pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm (times vary depending on the day of the performance)

Price: $49–$59 + booking fee

Duration: 1 hour (no interval)

Telephone: 1300 856 876

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