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May '24 Moving Image Program

Wednesday, 01 May 2024
7 min read

In May, Adelaide Festival Centre's Moving Image Program is exhibiting a salt' by Vanessa White and Peter Fraser on our King William Road digital screens.

Vanessa White and Peter Fraser, salt’ , moving image, 5:40 mins

salt’ is a shared improvisation in place by means of body, camera, and movement. A dancer brings his body and senses to meet the elements, speeds, textures and scales of place.A videographer carries her camera as an extension of her whole body, not just her eye, as she weaves an improvised response to the dancer and the place.The place is Lake Crosbie and Lake Hardy, Victoria, on Country whose custodians are the First Peoples of Millewa-Mallee who identify primarily as Ngintait and Latji Latji. These vast, isolated lakes continually shift between transparent and pink water, dry salt crusts, hard as broken car window glass, and grey gelato slosh. The air is clear, thin, and totally silent - except where it brushes against our ear, jacket or microphone.


Credits: Director/Dancer/Choreographer: Peter Fraser, Videographer/Editor: Vanessa White, Sound Designer: Dale Gorfinkel


Peter Fraser performs improvised and site-specific dance, musical collaborations, and installations. His work, over three decades, includes extended desert inhabitations, theatre projects and durational performance. He worked extensively with De Quincey Co ensemble whose guiding practice is Body Weather, which conceives body, mind, and environment as intermingled and fluid.


Vanessa White’s diverse creative output includes video and painting. Her video work is expansive, drawing on ethereal performance traditions, in concert with images of the landscape and environment, to see how the reformulation of the body in motion can be made to perform and narrate meaning.


Dale Gorfinkel was born on Gadigal land and now based in Narrm. He is a musician, artist, and facilitator passionate about inclusivity, bringing communities together, and shifting boundaries of scenes and art forms. With a focus on improvisation and instrument building, he has presented installations and performances throughout Australia and internationally.

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