Janis Joplin 1943-1970 (age 27)
Ian Curtis 1956-1980 (age 23)
Michael Jackson 1958- 2009 (age 50)
Amy Winehouse 1983-2011 (age 27)
I CON is a new work-in-development by artist, dancer and choreographer Atlanta Eke. Atlanta joins us again after her acclaimed Body of Work at this year’s Adelaide Festival, this time at Waterside.
I CON is a choreographic study of how musicians are immortalised through a culture of nostalgia and reproduction. The developing style of the work will oscillate from the iconic physicality of artists such as Joy Division front man Ian Curtis, to new and transformative dance.
I CON continues Atlanta’s interests in simulation, popular culture and the corruption of the present tense. It is set to become a sharp, witty and explosive artwork performed with a live band. Atlanta is developing I CON with Vitalstatistix through our Incubator residency program.
JOIN US for Vitalstatistix’s final event for 2016, a work-in-progress showing and artist talk by Atlanta Eke.
THEN, stick around for the Vitals end-of-year party. Totes po-mo femmo record-playing Bad Jelly DJs will play a hit list of nostalgic bangers inspired by dead music icons, complemented by projections by Heath Britton and set in a sculptural graveyard of pop-zombies by Jo Kerlogue.
Atlanta Eke is an Australian artist, dancer and choreographer working internationally. As well as presenting her work in theatres, through her choreographic practice Atlanta is interested in developing hybrid transitional spaces for crafting new cultural rituals. Atlanta has performed the work of Marina Abramovic and Joan Jonas at the Kaldor Public Art Project #27: 13 Rooms in Sydney, 2013. Her solo MONSTER BODY has been presented at the 2012 Next Wave Festival, 2012 SEXES Festival Performance Space Sydney, 2013 Dance Massive Festival Melbourne, MONA FOMA Festival Hobart, MDT Stockholm 2013, BACKFLIP Feminism and Humour in Contemporary Art, Margaret Lawrence Gallery and the Fierce Festival in Birmingham.
In 2014 Atlanta premiered her work Fountain at Chunky Move and was the recipient of the 2014 inaugural Keir Choreographic Award for Body Of Work. Recently Atlanta has presented Body of Work at Dance House for Dance Massive; presented a new exhibition, Miss Universal, with Claire Lambe at Gertrude Contemporary, and presented Death of Affect Restaged with a Return to the Japanese Nude 2017, with collaborator Daniel Jenatsch at Underbelly Arts 2015.