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Natalie Abbott

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Co-presented with Arts House

A dancer. A bodybuilder. Endurance. Durability. MAXIMUM tests the boundaries between dance and sport.

Two highly trained performers sweat it out on stage, pushing themselves beyond exhaustion to reveal the full potential of the human body. Applying fake tan and performing balletic lifts under hot lights, the two performers move in sync to achieve the ultimate goal – levity. With every tiny action repeated, intensified, the energy of the performance space is lifted, it is palpable, it is visceral.

The composed forms of bodybuilding and dance unravel to reveal so much more than just bodies moving through space. MAXIMUM takes a sharp look at these disparate forms of physicality, highlighting the  ability of two diverse bodies to achieve unity through performance.

“Coming together, Abbott and Henderson-Smith give a strange and intriguing meditation into the degradation of bodies through exercise, but also in the ability for the body to keep pushing through.” The Guardian


Date: 1- 4, 7 - 11 May

Location: Arts House - Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St North Melbourne VIC 3051

Time: 6.45pm, Matinee 10 May 3.30pm

Duration: 60 mins

Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible

Notes: Warning : Contains mild strobe effect and loud music

Ticket Prices: $23 | $18

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Natalie Abbott Direction, Choreography
Donny Henderson-Smith Collaborator, Performer
Matthew Day Dramaturge
Matthew Adey Lighting Design

MAXIMUM has been financially supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria, the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and by the City of Melbourne through Arts House’s CultureLab Program.

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