NYID wishes Canberra a ‘Happy 100th Birthday!’
I am a sports player. My body is my life. And go!
As a birthday present on March 11, NYID gave the city a training run of Training Squad, the project we are developing at the Australian Institute of Sport with the best of Canberra’s physical performance brigade and some stellar ring-ins from the city’s elite sports community. Produced in collaboration with Centenary of Canberra,Training Squad burned off the celebrations around Lake Burley Griffin popping up on boats, footpaths and bridges and gatecrashing the longest bubbly bar in the city’s history.
Leaving a robust footprint lakeside, the Squad chanted:
This is not drama.
This is not dance.
This is not opera.
This is art.
This is sport.
We are NYID
Proud to be Drug-Free
The real season-opener is on Sunday April 28, 2013 at the AIS Open Day. Presenting a hat-trick of performances throughout the day, David Pledger will also participate in a no-holds barred forum on the relationship between sport and art.
Training Squad is proudly supported by the ACT Government and the Australian Government. To view a copy of the Centenary of Canberra Program click here
Last September, NYID’s new public installation project XV began with a round-table discussion at Melbourne’s Federation Square. Over the next few months a group of artists including Peter Brundle and Greg Ferris will set in train the research stage for the project.
Lead artist David Pledger defines XV’s conceptual boundaries:
XV begins with a train trip. Or should I say fifteen train trips to Melbourne’s Flinders Street.
The project has three ‘platforms’.
On the first platform you’ll find fifteen short movies, one for each line capturing the experience of travelling on it.
On the second platform you can access all the background research on which we based our movies.
On the third platform you’ll find the fifteen movies ‘cut-up’ into video and sound files so you can use them to create your own story of whichever line you want to travel on. Hopefully you will be able to insert your own user-generated material to add your own spin.
Over the next two years we’ll build each platform. You can track our progress across social media and various public forums.
Check out NYID's website for blog entries.
See you on a train!
Image: The Olympic Donut Van at Footscray Station
Look out for: National Dance Forum
On Saturday 16 March, Co-Artistic Director of Marrugeku Dailsa Pigram will be in conversation with David Pledger for the National Dance Forum March 15-17 at Footscray Community Arts Centre
To view the program click here