AXIS-anatomy of space – The Arts House

AXIS – anatomy of space



Good Company Arts (New Zealand) and The Arts House present AXIS – anatomy of space, a captivating new Cinema Dance project in The Arts House’s Gallery II. This Asian premiere will feature guest artists from the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Singapore’s contemporary music scene, couture from Tanya Carlson, and will draw audiences into a kaleidoscopic journey full of movement, charting space with planetary cartography, fashion design, contemporary dance and music – a unique and uplifting sensory experience.

AXIS – anatomy of space is supported by the Asia/ NZ Co-commissioning Fund of Creative New Zealand.


We are each made up of photons: particles of light. Light is inspiration. Every space has an ‘anatomy’. The visualisation of sound for AXIS arrived through a music notation system synchronised to the generation of pure light – expanded points and lines. This virtual acoustic architecture creates a dialogue with the dancing figure, illuminating song cycles in a cosmic choreography of light.

Optical devices, along with mapping and sound technologies alter how the human body is perceived in space and in time. Sequenced code renders breathing geometry that is traversed by the dancer in motion during this 35-minute digital transmission. The dancers are conductors travelling through a space tensioned with the happening of projected light.

We are story-telling beings as much as we are electrical beings. AXIS opens thresholds of dimension and leads us to more possibilities for reading space. Through the eye of the camera, we expose the interior essence of movement, and investigate how gravity can affect a choreographic relationship to line. AXIS creates a new search with the human figure in space, as projected film and processed sound performance combine. Nothing is in stasis.

The team:

Artists of the Royal New Zealand Ballet (Dancers)
Daniel Belton (Director/ Choreographer/ Designer/ Cameras/ Film Editor)
Donnine Harrison (Producer)
Jac Grenfell (Motion Graphics/ Cameras)
Jim Murphy (Kinetic Sculpture)
Joyce Beetuan Koh (Music Composer/ Conductor)
PerMagnus Lindborg (Composer/ Sound Design)
Tanya Carlson (Costumier)


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