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Horror, Body and Hauntology / by Martin Hansen

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A sharing of Martin Hansen’s ongoing research project.

Horror, points to the outside, Hauntology, slips time out of joint. The Body?

He’s standing by the door, he’s got something in his hand…

In this residency, Martin Hansen researches how the thinking body and the horror genre could interrogate each other. How can horror and the body think together to gently shift the theatre as a container? A container for spectacle, a place to observe, to be cultivated as a middle-class subject. What can aestheticised horror tell us about real horror and what real horror lies in the theatre? Mists, oozes, leakages, and slippage all permeate the theatre in an increasingly ominous weather.

At the culmination of this residency, Martin and collaborators will share this ongoing research in a series of informal showings at WXYZ Studios.

Presented by Lucy Guerin Inc for FRAME: A biennial of dance


Showing Dates/Times
Friday 10 March, 6.30pm
Saturday 11 March, 2.30pm & 6.30pm
The showing on Saturday 11 March at 6.30pm will be Auslan interpreted.

WXYZ Studios, 130 Dryburgh Street North Melbourne

30 minutes + short Q&A with the artists

Free to attend



A range of facilities support people with a wide range of access needs to visit WXYZ Studios. For more information, please visit our website.

Horror, Body and Hauntology has a Visual Rating of 50%.

Quiet Space available.

The showing on Saturday 11 March at 6.30pm will be Auslan interpreted.

If you have any questions about access please email Producer Estelle Conley You can supply your mobile number via email if you would prefer to discuss or text via phone.


Creative Team

Choreography/Performance: Martin Hansen
Sound Designer: James Paul

Part of a larger research project in collaboration with Gretchen Blegen, funded by Tanzpact Reconnect.


About the Artists

Martin Hansen (AUS/DE) is a Berlin-based choreographer and artist working in performative media, within both theatre and gallery contexts. Throughout their body of work, they seek to activate and unfold queer temporalities around the dancing body and the economies of power that sustain the theatre. Their practice departs from a proposition of ‘Choreographic Inhabitation’: a combination of somatic, technical, and fantastical practices through which to build affective worlds and logics from which dance emerges. In this way, Martin's work uniquely melds concept and practice to foreground the audience experience whilst honouring their deep capacity for engagement. Since 2015, Martin’s works have been presented at venues such as Tanzfabrik, Bärenzwinger, Sophiensaele and Radialsystem (Berlin), PACT Zollverein, Rencontre Chorégraphique Internationales De Seine Saint Denis (Paris), Charleroi Danse and KANAL Centre Pompidou (Brussels), Hong Kong Arts Festival (Hong Kong), Dancehouse and Dance Massive (Melbourne), Aerowaves (Aarhus). Martin was a Danceweb scholar in 2013 and was named Germany’s Dancer of the Year by Tanzmagazine in 2012.

James Paul is an artist whose media are sound, video, space, light, and time. Their work is experienced on stage, screen, radio, and internet, or can be seen in the flesh in galleries and museums around Australia. James makes work that focuses on physical experience, amplifying imperceptible things to their scale of direct encounter. This work is fuelled by obsession with properties and behaviours of the physical world; duality, chaos, topology, and semiosis. Recent performance works include HERCULES and They Divided the Sky (for Daniel Schlusser Ensemble and City of Melbourne), Wake in Fright (for Declan Greene and Malthouse Theatre), and NEVERNEVERNEVERNEVERNEVERNEVERNEVER (for Aaron Orzech & City of Melbourne).

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