A dissimulation of finches in collective bird song tweet requiem in d-minor, polyphonic tones carry on the wind. Warm rain falling. Steam. Lyrebirds mimic chainsaws while Bower birds collect and angle sinews of iridescent cabling building the form of an ancient child’s body. Sign ~ a snake gets trapped in an endless loop of its own skin after shedding. Soft-bodied legless larva are downloaded, they slither beneath the old baby’s flesh. Leeches placed on the nervous system gently animate this lobotomized vessel. The Iris dilates red, timelines streaming abject horror punctuated by glistening moments of poetry. Its soft bony hands begin to scratch at the earth at the base of a tree, a pulsing heart is lifted from its base....

This new body of work shares the stories of posthuman clown Carrion. It is an ongoing project with manifestations as club works, gallery performances and a full length theatre work premiering in Sydney late 2017. 

Above: Residency showing focusing on body transformation through Body Weather choreographic research at Critical Path Sydney, supported by Performance Space May 2016. Dramaturgy by Victoria Hunt. 

HISTORY/

2016

Carrion Woke, Research Residency, Critical Path Sydney, supported by Performance Space

SFW Hong Kong, commissioned by Forward Assembly, curated by Robin Peckham 

New Romance: Art and the posthuman, curated by  Anna Davis (MCA) & Houngcheol Choi (MMCA Seoul): https://www.mca.com.au/events/justin-shoulder-carrion/

Asian Dope Boys present Mortuary, Modernskylab Beijing

 

2017

Carrion, full length theatre performance premiere Sydney

 

CREDITS / 

Devisor & Performer: Justin Shoulder

Costume Design: Matthew Stegh & Justin Shoulder

Composer: Nick Wales

Lighting Design: Toby K

Dramaturgy: Victoria Hunt

Electronics: Nick Wishart

 

Special Thanks:

Ami Shoulder, Marty Jay, Kevin Davidson, Andy Lysle, Yvette Tang

AV1, Performance Space, Critical Path, Readymade Studios, Asian Dope Boys