Let’s dance is inspired by a number of Arts Project Australia artists who have explored dance in its many forms, from the discipline of classical ballet to the free form of busting a move. The exhibition considers dance in a myriad of ways; as both a performance on stage and within the relative privacy of one’s bedroom; as social courtship; as part of sacred ritual and, on occasion, as a physical form of endurance or protest.
Curated by Charlotte Day, Director of Monash University Museum of Art, the exhibition features the work of Arts Project artists including Peter Ben, Valerio Ciccone, Boris Cipusev, Alan Constable, Leo Cussen, Patrick Francis, Brigid Hanrahan, Paul Hodges and Daniel Pace.
The exhibition traces various facets of dance from popular culture to dance as it’s own art form, which Day alludes to in the exhibition catalogue by writing: “Here we must pause for a moment, and not to get too ahead of ourselves, because while there is dancing there is also dance. A number of Arts Project Australia artists have an interest in the profession of dance, and in ballet in particular. The enduring allure of classic ballet no doubt lies in its romantic, fairytale narratives and its combination of strength and fragility, rigorous technique and powerful performance.”
Image: Daniel Pace, Not titled, 2013, work on paper, 28 x 27 cm.