Established in 1998 by choreographer and Artistic Director Phillip Adams, BalletLab is recognised as one of Australia’s most experimental and challenging contemporary dance companies. Creating a unique body of artistic works which engage and critique contemporary culture and provide a challenging artistic platform for collaboration amongst a diversity of artists, BalletLab’s distinctive role is to provoke dialogue about contemporary dance and hybrid arts practice.
Amplification is the company’s debut work. Using the car accident as a metaphor for mental/physical disassociation it examines the thresholds of the human body’s response to sound, light and physical impact. Developed through research conducted at a hospital emergency ward and the Melbourne morgue, Amplification magnifies the 1.6 seconds ‘disassociation’ freeze time which occurs at the moment of impact.
“Amplification” resonates like a Gothic story book ballet… Possibly the city’s best this year.
Lee Chritophis, The Australian
BalletLab wishes to thank:
Arts Victoria’s International Program – Amanda Browne, Australia Council for the Arts, International AMD – Julie Grayland, Orient Express Travel, Bluebottle 3, 3deep design, The Victorian College of the Arts, the Bulgarian and Romanian Embassies of Australia, and the Board of BalletLab.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council its art funding and advisory body