Vanishing Point

Shian Law

Vanishing Point

Presented by Arts House

“…the issue this time is to indicate the precise point in the present to which my historical construction will orient itself, as to its vanishing point.” — Walter Benjamin

Both hybrid performance project and two-year experiment, Vanishing Point explores the ambiguity of authorship and the possibility of preservation in performance art. Dancer Shian Law (Jo Lloyd, BalletLab, Lz Dunn, Lara Thoms) employs a range of (un)orthodox strategies including documentary, archiving, fabrication and outright theft, to pose the question: “Whose show is this?”

In the work, Law – a trans-media artist and compulsive experimentalist – takes a quasi-archivist approach, documenting and historicising his bodily encounter with three choreographic works by dance luminaries Phillip Adams, Deanne Butterworth and Jo Lloyd. A team comprising documentary makers and a portrait painter then record the elapsing time as Law locates, excavates and performs the dance works.

Vanishing Point playfully and stealthily maps the constellation of lineage, questions of authenticity, and the multiple folds that frame a portrait of a contemporary artist.

Choreographer: Shian Law
Collaborating Choreographers: Phillip Adams, Deanne Butterworth, Jo Lloyd
Dramaturg: Jo Lloyd
Video Artist: James Wright
Photographer: Christine Francis
Light & Set Design: Matthew Adey
Sound Design: Marco Cher-Gibard
Writer: Eleanor Ivory Weber
Costume Design: Andrew Treloar
Painter: Tait Sengstock
Producer: Alison Halit

Image: Christine Francis