Opening 10th, 11th of December 2020 6—8pm | Kelly’s Garden Salamanca Arts Centre 

Gestures of Care  

Image credit: Tess Campbell

Sofie Burgoyne
in collaboration with Tess Campbell
& generous participation of Alison Jales, Geraldine Beaubien & Rosemarie Campbell

Gestures of Care peers into the choreographic structures and bodily gestures that emerge from, contain, and imprint women’s bodies while they perform their everyday work in the industries of care. It is an ongoing research project of dance artist Sofie Burgoyne. For the purpose of this event at Salamanca Arts Centre, Sofie would like to work from these questions: In a time when it would seem that care for the self, care for another and / or care for the environment is clouded with complexity, can we learn how to care from these female care-giving bodies? Are there temporal, spatial and corporeal tools that we can practice in order to manifest care giving into our daily lives? The event will include three short films, each of a Tasmanian woman whose daily work is in care-giving, participatory performative practices and live dance performance. Contained in the films, practices and performance are gestures of care decontextualised, re arranged and expanded upon, inviting the receiver to share a proximity to embodied care giving. 

Sofie Burgoyne Gestures of Care 2019.mp4 from Constance ARI on Vimeo.

CONSTANCE acknowledges and respects the palawa people as the traditional and ongoing owners and custodians of lutruwita. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

CONSTANCE ARI 2019 program is assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts..