“I felt purely happy through the whole performance. It felt rare”
Sound and movement combine to create the hypnotic and meditative ritual One Infinity. Inspired by a Chinese ancient tale, this cross-cultural collaboration brings eastern and western traditions together for a shared experience of beauty and contemplation.
When Australian recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey spent time with guqin master Wang Peng of Beijing’s Jun Tian Fang Music Ensemble, neither could have imagined what extraordinary work they would create together. Adding director and choreographer Gideon Obarzanek and composer Max de Wardener to the process led to the creation of a transformative immersion in music and dance.
One Infinity is an entirely new experience. What begins as a concert of hauntingly beautiful music soon reveals another dimension, as dancers from Beijing Dance Theatre and Dancenorth Australia echo the sounds with their gently shifting bodies. Masterful choreography and everyday movement, ritual and improvisation, nature and civilisation are all driven into a state of flux in this stunning immersive experience.
A Perth Festival Co-Commission
Produced by Playking Productions & Jun Tian Fang
Featuring Jun Tian Fang Music Ensemble and dancers from Beijing Dance Theatre and Dancenorth Australia
Image: Amber Haines
Latecomers not admitted.
Musicians Jun Tian Fang, Wang Peng, Genevieve Lacey
Dancers Beijing Dance Theater & Dancenorth Australia
Director & Choregrapher Gideon Obarzanek
Composers Max de Wardener, Genevieve Lacey, Wang Peng
Associate Choreographer Amber Haines
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Sound Designer Jim Atkins
Costume Designer Harriet Oxley
Set Designers Gideon Obarzanek & Damien Cooper
ProducerZiyin Wang Gantner
Associate Producer Jess Zhang
Producer (China) Wang Peng
Jun Tian Fang
Jun Tian Fang was founded in 2001 by contemporary Guqin maker and virtuoso Wang Peng. Jun Tian Fang is devoted to promoting the aesthetics and culture of Guqin. It is a diversified platform for Guqin research and making, art education, exhibitions and performances, video and audio production.
Beijing Dance Theater
Founded in 2008, Beijing Dance Theater is led by its choreographer Wang Yuanyuan together with visual artists Tan Shaoyuan and Hanjiang. It has collaborated with many internationally renowned dramatists, musicians and designers, enriching the international dance stages with its world-class productions, each of which represents the highest level of Chinese contemporary dance.
Dancenorth is a contemporary dance company based in Townsville, Tropical North Queensland. An epicenter for artistic exchange and collaboration Dancenorth balances a dynamic regional presence with a commitment to creating bold, adventurous and critically acclaimed contemporary dance.
Under the Artistic Direction of Kyle Page, Dancenorth delivers an ambitious and far reaching program including the creation and presentation of new work, national and international touring, professional development opportunities for dancers and choreographers as well as national and international residencies and research projects.
Gideon Obarzanek is a director, choreographer and performing arts curator. He is currently Artistic Associate with the Melbourne Festival, co-curator for the inaugural Asian Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts and Chair of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
He founded dance company Chunky Move in 1995 and was CEO and Artistic Director until 2012. His works for Chunky Move have been diverse in form and content including stage productions, installations, site-specific works, participatory events and film. These have been performed in many festivals and theatres around the world including Edinburgh International, BAM Next Wave NY, Venice Biennale, Southbank London and all major Australian performing arts festivals.
Most recently he has co-directed and choreographed Attractor with Lucy Guerin for the inaugural Asia Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (Asia TOPA), WOMAD 2017 and Brisbane Festival 2017. In August 2016 with actor/writer Brian Lipson he co-wrote and performed Two Jews Walk Into A Theatre at Artshouse Melbourne.
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.
Her wide-ranging musical interests have seen her playing for the Queen in Westminster Abbey, representing Australian culture with a performance at the Lindau International Convention of Nobel Laureates, playing as a concerto soloist in the Proms, making music in a prison in the Pilbara, on an oval on Thursday Island alongside Indigenous colleagues and at the opening night of the London Jazz Festival. Her repertoire covers ten centuries and collaborators include singer-songwriter Paul Kelly, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Danish pipe and tabor player Poul Høxbro, filmmaker Marc Silver, playwright-director Scott Rankin and choreographer Gideon Obarzanek.
Max de Wardener
Classically trained, Max de Wardener studied music at York University then completed post-graduate studies in jazz and studio music at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has also been a participant on the LSO Discovery Panufnik Young Composers Scheme, and has subsequently been commissioned to create a work for Indian virtuoso violinist Kala Ramnath, tabla player Sanju Sahai and LSO Strings which premiered at LSO St Luke’s, as well as a short variation on the work of Andrzej Panufnik for the LSO which premiered at the Barbican under the baton of François-Xavier Roth.
Other recent works for the concert platform include two large-scale pieces that premiered in 2013: Pithos, a percussion concerto for Colin Currie and Orchestre National de Bordeaux, and a piano concerto for Will Dutta and the Heritage Orchestra. He has a long resumé of works for film and TV including the BAFTA Award-winning Last Resort, Comfortably Numb and Woman in the Fifth and since 2002 has been releasing his own music in association with Matthew Herbert’s Accidental label.
Fri 8 Feb
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative managed by the Australia Council, its arts and funding advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by Perth Festival, Sydney Festival and Melbourne International Arts Festival.