The Bill is about contact improvisation as a performance practice.
A monthly-ish platform dedicated to dance improvisation performance where moments of high exposure and fleeting visibility are caught in the flow of spontaneous production. Moments are made and remade, and failure is an option.
Happening at Dancehouse in Naarm (Melbourne), The Bill is curated by Two for Now (Emily Bowman and Joey Lehrer). At each event, an established guest or group is invited to perform in a double bill alongside Two for Now, for a duration of up to 30 minutes each, followed by an Artist Chat. The Artist Chat takes place between the performers in a casual manner where they delve into questions around process and practice, provocations, and approaches to making dances in real-time.
This improvisation model is low-tech and celebrates an exchange between artists and audience, that supports the sustainability and continuity of practice, that is, practising performance by performing. The event happens monthly-ish on a Thursday night and is 90 minutes in duration. This event is open to the general public and welcomes everyone to attend.
The Bill builds on the lineage of Cecil Street Studio, State of Flux, Conundrum, The Little Con, Now pieces and other improvisation performance models.
The Bill acknowledges and pays respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognises that sovereignty has not been ceded. This always was and always will be Aboriginal land.
7pm, Thursday 6 April | Two for Now, Kimberley McIntyre (NSW) and Joerg Hassmann (GER / QLD)
7pm, Thursday 18 May | Two for Now, Olivia Millard, Victor Renolds and Dr Katie Lee
7pm, Thursday 6 July | Two for Now, Peter Trotman and Andrew Morrish
7pm, Thursday 3 August | Two for Now & Born in a Taxi
7pm, Thursday 28 September | Two for Now & Alice Will Caroline
7pm, Thursday 26 October | Two for Now & Paea Leach with guest
7pm, Thursday 7 December | Two for Now & Ros Crisp with guest