Kingdom premiered in 2015 as part of Dance Massive festival in Melbourne.
Kingdom is a choreographic collaboration
between Phillip Adams, Luke George, Matthew Day and Rennie McDougall, commissioned and presented by Phillip Adams BalletLab.
Penetrating each other’s artistic territories, with hierarchies contested and maps continually redrawn, Kingdom is an encounter with the artist's ideas of Otherness. The work of art, the choreography of work, queer literatures dismantled, streams of consciousness rendered, a noise choir, entanglements of orgasmic breathing, ecstatic energy, radical intimacies, a manifestation of gold.
Rennie McDougall's Program Note
I am connecting to histories of men who sat around discussing art and philosophy. I am participating in this now with three other men in Kingdom. I am looking for an alternative to the authoritative power of knowledge. I am obsessing over speech as an action. I am thinking ‘How does a thought dance?’
I am we. We are dancing our thinking. We are transitory, fluid, musical. We are
choreographing literatures. We are not necessarily serious about any of this, but we are taking this very seriously.
I want to explain myself. Language fails me. My mouth makes a weird shape. I make a sound that means nothing in particular. Words pour out in the wrong order. I make nonsense.
Choreographers/Performers/Designers: Phillip Adams, Matthew Day, Luke George, Rennie McDougall
Lighting designers: Paul Jackson, Danny Pettingill
Crown designers: Paul Yore, Devon Ackerman
Wardrobe Consultant: Geoffrey Watson
Concept and Curation: Phillip Adams BalletLab
Dance Massive 2015
18 - 22 March
Artshouse Meat Market
Phillip Adams BalletLab commissioned Rennie McDougall, Matthew Day and Luke George to co-create Kingdom.