HYPERSPACE is a 40 minute performance shown in intimate theatres and unique found spaces. 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 Twenty work for 2019.

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. The interior and exterior landscapes of the body are deconstructed, producing a self-critique of the masculine body and its dominance in space exploration. In HYPERSPACE, the fleshy material of the body bends, stretches and is reconfigured as alien transmutation, appearing simultaneously colossal and microscopic.

HYPERSPACE is the third in a series of works (DEEPSPACE 2017 + REDSHIFT 2017) from James Batchelor and his collaborators that grew from a unique opportunity to be part of a scientific expedition to study sub-Antarctic islands in 2016.

James Batchelor and Collaborators commissioned Chloe Chignell to write an essay titled A Strange Topology that reflects on some of the ideas and wider resonances of HYPERSPACE in conversation with her own ideas and those of other artists/writers.

Creative Team

Choreographer/Performer: James Batchelor
Composer / Sound Design: Morgan Hickinbotham
Producer / Collaborator: Bek Berger
Lighting Design: Beizj Studio
Illustration Design: Amber McCartney

Upcoming Presentations

Glasgow, Scotland. Tramway: Dance International Glasgow. October 19-20. 2019
London, England. Chisenhale Dance Space. October 25. 2019
Ljubljana, Slovenia. Kino Siska CoFestival. November 27. 2019.

More 2019-20 tour dates TBA.

Past Presentations

Limassol,Cyprus. October 5. 2019
Oslo, Norway. Dansens Hus. September 21-22. 2019
Novi Sad, Serbia. September 7 2019
Luxembourg. Trois CL. September 3. 2019
Ostend, Belgium. Dansand. July 6. 2019
Prague, Czech Republic. Korespondance. June 25. 2019
Helsinki, Finland. Annantalo. June 14 2019.
Malmö, Sweden. Dansstationen. May 21-22.2019
Vilnius, Lithuania. New Baltic Dance Festival. May 10-11. 2019
Bellinzona, Switzerland. Performa Festival. April 27 2019
Paris, France. Artdanthé Festival. April 13 2019
Paris, France. Aerowaves Spring Forward La Briqueterie. April 6 2019
Melbourne, Australia. Dance Massive. March 20 – 23 2019
Canberra, Australia. Canberra Theatre Centre. March 7 & 9 2019
Paris, France. Les Plateaux de la Biennale, La Briqueterie. September 29 2018
Bassano del Grappa, Italy. B.Motion Festival. August 23 – 26 2018


HYPERSPACE has been developed with partners Centro per la Scena Contemporanea (Bassano del Grappa), Dance 4 (Nottingham) and Dancehouse (Melbourne). HYPERSPACE has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund, The Besen Family Foundation, The Keir Foundation and Michael Adena and Joanne Daly.

HYPERSPACE Excerpts from James Batchelor on Vimeo.