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Hyperspace is a solo performed by James Batchelor in intimate theatres and unique found spaces. From the human body to the cosmos, Hyperspace is an inquiry into the metrics we use to measure the deep unknowns of the universe. It proposes a study of the human body seen through the prism of cosmology, a mapping of the universe within and around it. It premiered in Bassano del Grappa in 2018 and was presented in Dance Massive in Melbourne 2019 before extensive touring in Europe. It was chosen as an Aerowaves work in 2019, a prestigious European mobility platform for independent artists.
Deepspace is a multidisciplinary work that investigates arts and science as methods of inquiry into the unknown. From the immediate source of the body through to visual and sonic translations, Deepspace examines processes of searching for, collecting and ordering information that we use to understand the universe. In this work, the body is located between the extremities of remoteness and proximity, connectedness and isolation, certainty and uncertainty.
REDSHIFT is a full-length work, originally commissioned by Chunky Move as part of the Next Move program. REDSHIFT is a queer universe in which measurement systems are troubled by the unmeasurable. It stems from a curiosity in touch, physical sensation and speculation of the unknown from body to space. The work is the second in a trilogy that grew from James' unique opportunity to combine scientific and artistic inquiry in one of the most remote places on Earth.
Proscenium is a work that researches and expands the choreographic and spatial tools for the proscenium stage. In Proscenium, the theatre itself is a performer. Its equipment and mechanisms such as the lights, speakers, curtains, ropes, rails and ladders are all theatrical devices that are subtly manipulated in the work. Amidst this graceful movement of architectures emerges a new cosmic dance.
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THOUGHTS ON DEEPSPACE
I remember how much I loved my childhood desk, which had a map of the world on its surface. It was communicative and expressive, yet at the same time mysterious and romantic. Presenting the world as flat, I was endlessly curious about its edges. A map in its minimal elegance tempts our imagination about what is left out, what it does not show.
A STRANGE TOPOLOGY
This text by Chloe Chignell is a 3 part rumination on strategies of touch within the performance Hyperspace. The text stems from ongoing conversations between James and Chloe over the past years. It is indebted to the brilliant feminist philosophers and writers through whose ideas Chloe's body and world are rendered altogether different.
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ELASTIC TERRAIN: A MAPPING PRACTICE
This is a list of instructions for an improvisation practice titled 'Elastic Terrain: A Mapping Practice'. It was originally created as part of the performances Redshift and Hyperspace, but now takes another life as a score that can be practiced by anyone. Included is the written score accompanied by captioned videos.
EXPANDING MICRO SPACES WORKSHOP
Expanding Micro Spaces was an intensive workshop week led by Choreographer James Batchelor at ALTA in Prague. A range of different approaches to touch, gaze and attention explored the potential of the small gesture, by going even smaller and creating a new palette of micro-detailed movement opportunities.
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