Emily Johnson takes you by the hand and leads you through the city. Starting in Melbourne’s iconic Royal Park and winding its way through North Melbourne to Arts House, SHORE: Performance merges the powerful pull of place and history with movement, installation, sound and voice to create a dreamlike, immersive, and multi-sensory experience of connection and yearning.
Johnson, joined by a 40-strong local choir and a large group of professional and community dancers, joyfully jolts us into the moment and asks us to both grapple with, and give ourselves over to, the ever-shifting, uncertain and essentially communal process of identity-making.
Artist, shaman, trickster, creature – Johnson and her collaborators take on many forms. Dream, memory and history meet in this transcendent, mysteriously beautiful, and fiercely alive performance.
Please note, this performance takes place across three locations.
The work begins in Royal Park. There is an access drop-off and pick-up point located on Gatehouse Street, with an accessible path into the park for this part of the performance.
There is then a 30-minute walk from Royal Park to Arts House, of which there is an accessible route. Alternative transport to Arts House for people with access needs can be arranged for this part of the performance. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (03) 9322 3720 to discuss your access requirements.
The performance will then continue and close at Arts House.
SHORE is presented by Arts House for YIRRAMBOI.
SHORE is a project of Creative Capital and Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, Inc. SHORE is made with support from The McKnight Foundation; a Joyce Award; Carolyn Foundation; and MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. SHORE has been supported by residencies at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, and Headlands Center for the Arts. Research for SHORE was supported by a grant from the Doris Duke Foundation to Build Demand for the Arts. SHORE is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.