performing arts


Vikk Shayen is a commercial and fine art photographer from Melbourne, Australia.

This a few images from a larger body of work “Performanscape” created for the Core program of the 2013 Ballarat International Foto Biennale. All performers and elements were photographed on location, nothing was added in post-production.The Bubbled project is an on-going exploration


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Basil Twist's spin on Stravinsky's Rite of Spring is a ” ballet without dancers.” The New York Times calls him a “silk whisperer,” but…

“It’s sort of odd, because I still am kind of baffled by silk,” he said in an interview near his Greenwich Village studio. “I think it’s mostly that I have a respect for it. The great thing about silk is you don’t want to tame it. You don’t want to flatten it and stretch it and pull it. You want to let it be wild. And you have to just create the conditions where it can do that and then stand back.”

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Read more about Basil Twist’s Rite of Spring here, and check out his amazing silk performance!


Yann Marussich - Blue Remix performance

Blue Remix is a journey through the skin - an hour-long motionless performance of Yann Marussich in a transparent container. Through thermal regulation and precisely calculated timing, the artist creates a controlled biochemical choreography of methylene blue, which progressively seeps out of all the orifices in his body; from eyes, mouth and nose to eventually the pores in his skin.


I have default movements that reference voguing, but to me voguing is just compositionally interesting. The angles and lines, and specific kind of way the body forms itself when performing this way, that lends itself to a much more harmonious composition whenever I am animating or building. For me it’s a formal movement that relates to drawing and relates to miming, but it’s also a modern dance. I’m interested in modern dance tropes as well. I’m just trying to figure out how to use variational, limited movement forms to keep a harmonious image going in my work. I’m thinking about objects, I’m thinking about sawing, I’m thinking about levers and pulleys, I’m thinking about mowing the lawn, I’m thinking about murder, I’m thinking about erasure, I’m thinking about sexual gesture. And even when I had the porn star guy in my work and I was having sex oncamera, that was kind of a dance performance as well. And I thought that yielded interesting Kama Sutra poses that lent themselves to composition. Politically, I’m not interested in voguing. I’m trying to abstract the movement of it more, to get that language outside of my practice to stop people from talking about it. My movement style has defaults that reference voguing, but it references a lot of things.
—  Jacolby Satterwhite in the Yale Literary Magazine

Last week, the Kennedy Center Honors announced its 2014 honorees. Alex Ross writes:

“The selection demonstrates the degree to which the awards have diverged from their original mission—to pay tribute to luminaries of theatre, dance, classical music, and show business—and instead become one more temple of celebrity culture.”

Above: Patricia McBride dancing the title role in the New York City Ballet’s production of “Coppelia” in 1964. Photograph by Gjon Mili/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty


Mark Coles Smith is an Indigenous actor from Broome. He always knew he was an actor and from his first role in Ocean Star, his future from then on was shining bright. Coles carries a certificate in Aboriginal Theatre from WAAPA and a Bachelor in Indigenous Studies. In 2007 he won the Yvonne Cohen Award from the VCA Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts. Then, in 2008, he took out a grant from ScreenWest for the short film Layoordoo, which he wrote, co-produced and directed, while also featuring in a supporting role. Layoordoo screened at Toronto’s ImagiNATIVE Film Festival. In addition to all of this, he has taken roles in The Gods of Wheat Street (ABC), Modern Family (ABC), Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (ABC) and Blue Heelers (Southern Star)