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 2016 + Redshift 2017) that grew from James' unique opportunity to be part of a scientific expedition led by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies to the sub-Antarctic Heard and McDonald 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.
Choreographer/Performer: James Batchelor
Composer / Sound Design: Morgan Hickinbotham
Producer / Collaborator: Bek Berger
Lighting Design: Beizj Studio
Illustration Design: Amber McCartney
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, Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund, The Besen Family Foundation, The Keir Foundation and Michael Adena and Joanne Daly.