Liveworks: Festival of Experimental Art

This October Performance Space will unleash its otherworldly Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art on to Sydney.


Housed within the Carriageworks arts precinct, Liveworks is the inaugural festival of this scale (and ambition) for Performance Space, featuring acclaimed Australian and international artists who work at the experimental edge of their art forms, spanning theatre, dance, digital technology and visual arts.


Liveworks will be the first festival of its kind for Sydney, connecting artists and audiences with the most dynamic and innovative new work across the Asia Pacific.


During its three weeks the event will comprise  of 11 major works – a series of interventions in the Carriageworks public space as part of the Liveworks Free Performance Program – plus specially curated workshops, forums, lectures and screenings.


Jeff Khan, Artistic Director of Performance Space, sees the Liveworks Festival as an opportunity to present an extraordinary range of work that demonstrates the calibre, potential, and fearlessness of Australian experimental arts practitioners.




Performance Space will present a number of large-scale works by international artists, including six world premieres by experimental choreographers, performers and robot-makers. The chosen works represent Performance Space’s vision as an arts organisation – to embrace risk-taking artists of all stripes and invest in the diverse range of experimental arts practice that exist in this country and beyond.




Wade Marynowsky returns to Performance Space with his futuristic take on an opera, featuring a cast of programmed automatons (robots). His most ambitious project to date, the hybrid arts performance that is Robot Opera will offer everything from intimate one-on-one interactions with the robots to tightly choreographed dances performed for the audience. Marynowsky’s sinister spectacle is set to a throbbing electronic score composed and performed live by experimental musician Julian Knowles.




Sydney based Aboriginal artist Jonathan Jones, a Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi man, will create a major new exhibition for Liveworks, employing an array of materials and techniques in his work to explore Indigenous cultural forms and their continuity through history into the present moment.


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Liveworks also crosses into the Asia Pacific region with two internationally acclaimed works that will have their Australian premiere with Performance Space – Filipino dancer and choreographer Eisa Jocson‘s trilogy of solo works about the commodified female body (Death of a Pole Dancer, Macho Dancer, and Host) and New Zealand based company Muscle Mouth‘s mega hit Triumphs and Other Alternatives.


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Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art
is on from 22 October – 7 November 2015 at Carriageworks in Sydney.


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