Bodyweather dance performance
Butoh artist Tess de Quincey and sound artist Jim Denley perform ‘Line in line’
Bodyweather is a dance movement founded by Min Tanaka, the first Japanese butoh dancer to engage in a dialogue between Eastern and Western artists. Tanaka worked especially closely with Fluxus artists such as Nam June Paik as well as with Robert Rauschenberg. From 1985 to 1991, de Quincey studied with Tanaka and his Mal-Juku Performance Co in Japan.
De Quincey and Denley’s unique bodyweather performance for the Open Weekend relates to a work by Richard Long known as Stone line.
One of a generation of British artists who redefined traditional approaches to sculpture during the 1960s, Long is associated with the development of land art. As a result of long, rural walks, he produces installations of natural materials in their original environments and also collects materials to form sculptures within a gallery.
First installed in the entrance court of the Art Gallery of NSW in 1977, Stone line was one of the site-specific museum works created by Long for his Kaldor Public Art Project in Australia. The artist sourced blue metal stones from a Parramatta quarry and placed them by hand from one end of the gallery space to the other.
Other works by Long, also connected to landscape, are on display in the new contemporary galleries.
Image: Jim Denley & Tess de Quincey in Breath Photo: Mayu Kanamori