Breathing, shuddering, shaking and pulsing, Erotic Dance is a sensual duet between dancer, Luke George and sound artist, Nick Roux .Exploring the intimacy between performer and spectator, it suggests an experience of art that is primitive and seductive, arousing and visceral– one that appeals to magic and higher connection.
In 1961, Susan Sontag wrote, “we need erotics of art”. George flirts with Sontag’s phrase, taking it to the letter to discover what ‘an erotic dance’ might be for audiences today. Clothed or naked, balletic, vibrating or still, George uses his dancing body to undress performance itself – intensely describing how space, knowledge and belief mingle to move us beyond what we see.
Concept, Choreography & Performance: Luke George
Original Sound Creation & Performance: Nick Roux
Producer: Alison Halit
Dramaturgy: Nicola Gunn
Lighting design: Bosco Shaw
Costume Design: Justin Kelly & Luke George
Warning: Nudity and adult concepts
Erotic Dance first premiered at Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint- Denis / Théâtre Le Colombier-Bagnolet, Paris in May 2015. It has been supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; Lucy Guerin Inc’s Pieces for Small Spaces; CATCH!; Panoply Performance Laboratory; Abrons Arts Center, New York; fieldworks, Brussels; and Théâtre de Vanves, Paris; and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.