CSIRO DANscienCE Week 2013
Curated by Liz Lea [AD, Liz Lea Dance (UK) and Canberra Dance Theatre, and Cris Kennedy, CSIRO. CSIRO Discovery, Acton.
Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril: ways of being, ways of being seen
An illustrated performance-lecture touching on the history of the asylum and the treatment of neurological disorders in the late C19th. Jane Avril was incarcerated in Saltpetriere asylum as a teenager because of a movement disorder which she claims was ‘cured by dancing’. She became an astute business woman and one of the favoured dancers at the Moulin Rouge, and a good friend, supporter and muse to Toulouse-Lautrec. Her physical oddness was celebrated by poets and artists of the period. Toulouse-Lautrec’s depictions were of a woman whose dance was irregular and a little uncontrolled. The lecture touches on the way art can understand and document–perhaps even heal–the human condition as well as science, but via very different means.
Zsuzsi performs a re-imagine dance of Jane Avril, also performing songs by Aristide Bruant; accompanied by Chrissie Shaw on piano accordion.
Saturday, August 10 4pm, DANscienCE week CSIRO Discovery, 2013.