SlowDive

Slow Dive promo for Arts Queensland TV

Additional production information available here: http://www.cyberpaddock.net.au/production/1358/slow-dive

Slowdive is a unique theatre experience transforming traditional theatre spaces into a night club – complete with a functional bar, and door wench. Exploring the agendas of the DJ’s, the bar staff, the club owner, and punters, Slowdive is a strangely compelling view of a good time going bad in dubious dealings.

Ever shifting from strangely appealing to uncomfortably disturbing, the audience The work occurs in a non-traditional format where by the audience shares the space with the performers, and sometimes are even tempted to join in with the dance floor action. At other times, they observe like car crash voyeurs.  Slowdive is a show for anyone who has ever experienced the good, the bad, or the ugly side of night club culture.

Slowdive is a work about nightclubs, indulgence, and the downward spiral that can occur in this environment.  Slowdive is inspired from choreographer Claire Marshall’s observations whist DJing in Fortitude Valley.

Slowdive explores the agendas of the DJ, bar staff, club owner, dealers and punters. Transforming theatre space via installation to resemble an underground nightclub – bar included, Slowdive is a convincing depiction of nightclub culture, and an honest portrayal of it.

For Slowdive, there is no stage, backstage or designated audience area. The action occurs in the entire space, around and through the audience. Some audiences don’t realize they are in a theatre!

Slowdive is a unique way to sell contemporary dance to uninitiated dance audiences; it’s a work that diverse audience can relate to, and delivers in an accessible (yet still artistic and innovative) way. Slowdive is contemporary dance packaged as a great night!

In re-creating the atmosphere, aesthetics, and feeling of a club, Marshall has been hugely successful; her talent for the theatrical is undeniable. Likewise in creating a piece of dance-based immersive performance art that manages to break down the usual barriers in participatory art, Marshall has succeeded.
Helen Stringer – Time Off December 2010

Slowdive includes a cast of 7 dance artists, door wench, an adaptable set, colourful costumes, additional marketing/ press and promotion (ongoing if toured) as well as a press kit with Claire’s marketing strategies for this work. Slowdive also brings it’s own bar!

Slowdive has been performed at the Brisbane Powerhouse in December 2010, was redeveloped as Cavill Ave performed at the Arts Centre Gold Coast in 2011 and as SlowDive at The Attic as part of the Cairns Festival 2011.