[csaa-forum] version 1.0's new performance about sport and nationalism 'From a distance...' 6 shows remaining in Melbourne, Sydney season April 5-16

David Williams david at versiononepointzero.com
Mon Mar 20 12:07:39 CST 2006

version 1.0 and Arts House present:

>From a distance.

A performance about sport and nationalism

"From a distance, all we can assume is Sally misjudged when she reached
100 per cent of her ability". Steve Lawrence, Western Australian
Institute of Sport

"From a distance, to give up is almost very Un-Australian," Cathy

Acclaimed Sydney performance group version 1.0 makes its Melbourne debut
for the 2006 Next Wave Festival with the world premiere of From a
distance. , (North Melbourne Town Hall, 16-26 March, Performance Space,
Sydney, April 5-16) - a performance about sport and nationalism. 

>From a distance. takes as its starting point the media frenzy following
the notorious 'no row' incident of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, when
Sally Robbins stopped rowing 600 meters from the finish line in the
women's eight rowing final. This performance is not about Sally or her
team-mates, but about the reaction to their story in the Australian
media. Using media transcripts and commentary on the 'no row' incident,
as well as a range of public documents exploring Australian values - the
'things for which we stand' and the stories we tell ourselves about
ourselves - version 1.0 probes the dark side of sport and nationalism
with disturbing, and frequently hilarious, results.

 Hailed as "political theatre at its best" (The Canberra Times) and "a
refreshing new vision in performance" (RealTime), version 1.0 is a
Sydney-based performance group whose work investigates the sweaty
armpits of the body politic, often using defiantly non-theatrical public
documents. Directed by David Williams, and accompanied by version 1.0's
trademark stunning multi-media design (video artist Simon Wise), a
stirring soundtrack of Wagnerian electro-pop (Jason Sweeney of
Prettyboycrossover and Unreasonable Adults), and special guest
performers from Sydney's most glamorous contemporary dance trio, The
Fondue Set, From a distance... is contemporary performance at its
provocative and entertaining best.

--Melbourne season

Venue: North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne

Dates:  16-26 March

Previews: 15 March

Tickets: $25.00 full, $20.00 concession, Preview $20

Times: Wednesday-Saturday 8:00pm, Sunday 5pm 

Bookings:  1800 727 432,  <http://www.nextwave.org.au/>

----Sydney season 

Venue: Performance Space, 199 Cleveland St, Redfern 

Dates:  5-16 April 

Tickets: $25.00 full, $20.00 members, $15 concession, 

Times: Wednesday-Saturday 8:00pm, Sunday 5pm 

Bookings:  02 9698 7235 or  <mailto:boxoffice at performancespace.com.au>
boxoffice at performancespace.com.au 


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through The
Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, The City of
Melbourne through its Arts House program, the NSW Ministry for the Arts,
and by the Department of Performance Studies, University of Sydney.

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