Award-winning Australian choreographer and performer Kristina Chan presents a commissioned work inspired by the seminal 1955 performance Challenging Mud by Kazuo Shiraga.
Writhing in a pile of mud, Shiraga performed Challenging Mud at the Ohara Kaikan Hall in Tokyo, creating a work that was both performance and painting. In this contemporary response piece, Chan continues a dialogue which started over sixty years ago; exploring the relationship between elemental materials and the human body.
This event was supported by the Dobell Exhibition Grant, funded by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation and managed by Museums & Galleries of NSW
“There built into the small garden oasis, large, almost sand pt looking square holding what seemed to be tepid clay about a foot deep, Chan stood, seemingly frozen, but emanating the palatable electricity and energy of an artist who clearly knows how to captivate an audience” Belle Beasley: Newcastle Herald
Saturday 2 March 2019
Newcastle Art Gallery
Kristina Chan is a dancer and choreographer based in NSW Australia. Kristina’s choreographic practice explores environmental change and our relationship to nature. Her choreographic work includes; solo work A Faint Existence (Performance Space’s 2016 Liveworks Festival Carriageworks, Sydney Opera House UnWrapped 2018 & Dance Massive 2019); MOUNTAIN commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre 2017/18; Summer commissioned by City Contemporary Dance Company Hong Kong 2018; Conform for Sydney Dance Company (Germany and Carriageworks 2015); commission for Dance North’s Communal Table for Brisbane Festival 2019; Grave a dance and film installation for Catapult Dance + Lockup Gallery Newcastle 2015: Newcastle Art Gallery + Catapult Dance commission Crawling Through Mud for exhibit SODEISHA. Kristina has had an extensive dance career performing throughout Australia, Canada, UK, USA, Asia, Israel and Europe. She has been a key collaborator for the making of many Australian dance choreographies, working with companies and independent artists. Kristina has been awarded a Helpmann Award (2011) and two Australian Dance Awards (2006 & 2009) for Best Female Dancer, and the Peggy Van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship 2017.
Photo & Film Credit: Ashley de Prazer