Composite Acts is a special one-night-only exhibition presenting a newly commissioned video work and live performance by esteemed Australian artist David Rosetzky.
This enigmatic work examines the relationship between language and desire, while exploring non-binary sexual identities, social dynamics and power.
The program involves an extended presentation of Rosetzky's newly commissioned video work, with choreography by Jo Lloyd, performed live by Shelley Lasica and Harrison Ritchie-Jones, sculptural works by Sean Meilak and a live music composition by Duane Morrison.
To produce the work, Rosetzky interviewed his collaborators about their personal relationships and family history to devise a script that forms the nexus of the piece. The script is subsequently spoken, deconstructed and integrated with choreographed movement enacted in dialogue with a suite of sculptural objects.
Artist/Director: David Rosetzky
Choreographer: Jo Lloyd
Performers: Shelley Lasica, Arabella Frahn-Starkie and Harrison Ritchie-Jones
Set Designer: Sean Meilak
Sound Designer/Composer: Duane Morrison
Cinematographer: Katie Milwright
Video Editor: James Wright
Producer: Eyvonne Carfora
Composite Acts is a Channels Festival commission curated by Kelli Alred.
Presented in partnership with the Abbotsford Convent Foundation, assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the City of Yarra.
David Rosetzky works across photography, video and installation to explore scenarios in which human behaviour, identity, subjectivity, contemporary culture and community come under intimate observation.
His work has been presented in the Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, exhibited at the International Centre for Photography, New York, 2009; Viewpoints & Viewing Points: Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2009; Face Up, Hamburger Bahnhoff, Berlin, 2003; Composite Portraits and Recent Photographic Work, Turner Galleries, Perth, 2016; 24 Frames per Second, Carriageworks, Sydney, 2015; So Long as You Move, Ark Galerie, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2014; South by Southeast: Recent Video Art from Australia and New Zealand, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 2011; 21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2011; 21st Century Modern: Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2006, amongst many others.
Jo Lloyd is an influential Melbourne dance artist working with choreography as a social encounter, revealing behaviour over particular durations and circumstances.
A dance graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, she has presented work in New York, Japan, Hong Kong and locally in Dance Massive, Next Wave, the Biennale of Sydney, Liveworks and Dark MOFO. In 2016 Jo was Resident Director of Lucy Guerin Inc. developing her new work OVERTURE, which she will continue at Arts House through a CultureLab this year. Recent projects include Confusion for Three (Arts House 2015), Mermermer created with Nicola Gunn for Chunky Move's Next Move 2016 (nominated for a Helpmann and Green Room Awards), choreography for Nicola Gunn's award winning Piece For Person And Ghetto Blaster (COIL Festival New York and Dance Massive 2017), How Choreography Works with Deanne Butterworth and Shelley Lasica (West Sace and Biennale of Sydney), assistant to Alicia Frankovich (Framed Movements ACCA, Melbourne Festival 2014), David Rosetzky (Half Brother 2013) and All Our Dreams Come True created and performed with Deanne Butterworth for BUS Projects 2016.
Shelley Lasica is an independent choreographer and dancer whose practice is characterised by cross-disciplinary collaborations and an interest in presenting dance in various spatial contexts.
With over 30-years experience, Lasica’s choreographic works illustrate an enduring interest in thinking about dance, movement and the many contexts in which they occur. Her works have been presented by Melbourne Festival; National Gallery of Victoria; Artspace, Sydney; Centre Nationale de la Danse, Paris; Siobhan Davies Studios, London; Dance Massive 2015; 20th Biennale of Sydney; Murray White Room and Anna Schwartz Gallery.
Harrison Ritchie-Jones graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) in 2014. In 2013, he was awarded a Victorian College of the Arts Undergraduate Most Outstanding Creative Scholarship. He has worked with, and performed in creations by Stephanie Lake, Graeme Murphy, Rebecca Hilton, Lucy Guerin, Phillip Adams, Prue Lang, Shian Law, Rebecca Jensen and Alice Heyward, in commissions by Chunky Move, Tasdance, Lucy Guerin Inc. and The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet. He has also performed in the frame of Ludwigshafen Pfalzbau (Germany), Pieces For Small Spaces at Lucy Guerin Inc. (Melbourne), and Murray White Room Gallery (Melbourne).
Arabella Frahn-Starkie focuses on dance and the body as a choreographic tool that operates in dialogue with audiences. She attended the Victorian College of the Arts, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Contemporary Dance) in 2016.
In 2017, she performed in Sandra Parker's 'Small Details', and Rebecca Jensen's 'Deep Sea Dances', two dance works presented as part of the Dance Massive Festival. She performed in Siobhan McKenna’s 'Utterance', presented at the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival. Utterance received the Temperance Hall Award and the award for Best Dance Work. In 2018, she co-created a work for the Melbourne Fringe Festival called 'Polito X Visual Display'. This work was presented as part of Critical Mass at Testing Grounds, and won the award for Best Music. In September 2018 she performed in Jo Lloyds work 'CUTOUT', presented at ACCA as part of Eva Rothschild’s exhibition 'Kosmos'. She has had the pleasure of working closely with Yellow Wheel Youth Dance Company, working together to present a piece called 'Close Copy'. On this project she worked collaboratively with photographer Trudi Treble to produce a publication in tandem with the live work. The work was presented at Temperance Hall in November 2018. Arabella worked in collaboration with visual artist Katie Lee for a group show at Abbotsford Convent called 'Temporal Proximities' curated by Kelli Alred, performed in March 2019.
Sean Meilak works in a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, video, sculpture and installation. Sean’s work explores the layering of personal and collective histories and the psychology of space often referencing the architecture of ancient Rome, as well as theatre and film set design.
After completing a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1997, Sean acted as Co-Director and Programme Co-ordinator of 1stFloor artists and writers space, until 2002. Sean was a studio artist at 200 Gertrude Street (2000-2002) and in 2006 he undertook an Australia Council residency at the Cité International des Arts in Paris.
Meilak has presented work at ACCA, Monash University Museum of Art, UBS Contemporary Art Galleries, NGV International, RMIT Gallery, Geelong Gallery and Artbank Sydney, amongst many others.
Duane Morrison graduated from Melbourne University, majoring in Composition. Now working mainly in the field of electronic music production and songwriting, his skills in this area cover wide terrain.
Active in the composition of scores for contemporary dance in Melbourne, he has collaborated closely with choreographer Jo Lloyd for over 15 years, receiving a Green Room Award (Music Composition and Sound Design for Dance) for his work on Lloyd and Nicola Gunn's Mermermer (Next Move 2016). He also received Green Room nominations for Apparently That’s What Happened (2008 with David Franzke), Future Perfect (2011/ Dance Massive 2013) and Jo Lloyd’s Overture (2018). Other recent collaborations include work with Chunky Move, Melbourne Museum’s LOVE exhibition, Christian Thompson's Berceuse (2017) and Phantom (2018). His work with theatre practitioner Nicola Gunn/Sans Hotel includes Green Screen for MTC Neon 2014 and In Spite Of Myself for Melbourne Festival 2013.
David Rosetzky, Composite Acts (video still), 2019. Courtesy of the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.