Game of I-Lands

Sally Sussman, Valerie Berry, Annemaree Dalziel, Katia Molino & collaborators (NSW & SA)

Game of I-Lands is an intercultural science-art performance project about the impact of the South China Sea conflict on the sentient creatures who inhabit the South China sea marine ecosystem.

Australian Performance Exchange (APE) creates new intercultural performance work, which responds to current and historic concerns of social justice, cultural identity, diversity, diplomacy and the climate emergency. Led by Artistic Director Sally Sussman and Artistic Associate, Annemaree Dalziel, APE aims to develop collaborations with Australian and international artists to co-create new performances that engage with the pressing issues of our times.

This new collaboration brings together APE artists, who have worked together for nearly three decades, with others artists and a scientist, as well as the Taiwanese performance company Performosa, to make a new work which speaks to the geopolitical crisis in the South China Sea and gives marine creatures a voice in this conflict.

Creative Team: Director – Sally Sussman; Designer – Annemaree Dalziel; Performer – Katia Molino; Performer – Valerie Berry; Videographer – Ali Mousawi; Scientist – Cat Dorey

This project is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts Resilience Fund, with rehearsal space and technical support provided by Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
Image: Ali Mousawi


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