Artist Rochelle Haley is unveiling her new performance work at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Art Centre, and you are officially invited to get involved. Taking place from September 23-24, Afterglow presents a rare opportunity to physically engage with an artwork, as it explores Haley's interest in movement patterns across both choreography and painting, and the possibility of interdisciplinary communication.
Working this time with textile artist Kate Scardifield and choreographer Brooke Stamp, Haley will create both an art installation and a space for 20 dancers to perform alongside it. Their costumes will deliberately echo the colours and shapes of the abstract installation, which explores movement's ability to baffle the eye and "disguise objects in plain sight". Expect reflective shapes, metallic surfaces, coloured lights and movable walls.
"The project uses colour, pattern, light, shape and dance to create an immersive, living 'painting' which audiences can visually and physically experience," says gallery curator Carrie Kibbler.
Wondering where you come in? Well, when you arrive you'll be given "cape-like wearables" akin to that of the dancer's, sweeping you along with them into the moving compositional elements of the installation. It sounds pretty fluid and just-see-what-happens: Haley is keenly interested in experimenting with the ideas of containment and escape in relation to the division between audience and performer. .And no, you don't get to keep the cape.
Afterglow lasts 15-20 minutes and takes place every hour from 10am to 5pm.
Image: Rochelle Haley, Afterglow rehearsal with Angela Goh and Ivey Wawn, 2017, photo Jessica Maurer