simon ellis and shannon bott – lists

Umberto Eco once said that “We Like Lists Because We Don’t Want to Die”[1]. I’m in the middle of pre-production for a new choreography with Melbourne dancer-choreographer Shannon Bott. We wanted to know what kinds of practices we could do daily while at either ends of the world. We started writing lists. They are lists about what we see, what we imagine, what we know, what we’ve lied about … and from these lists have come some possibilities for a choreography of words when we meet in Melbourne and Launceston for 6 weeks starting in October 2017.

Shannon and I have a long working relationship[2], and this new work reflects that history as well as a recent period of research and development in Bassano del Grappa in May 2016.

– Simon Ellis

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