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Photo by Jacqui Shelton.

Join us in engaging Sinkhole, an ongoing collaborative performance project between Jess Gall, Arini Byng and Rebecca Jensen. Sinkhole explores improvisation and its performers’ agency as they respond to a text-based score, which is enacted by a group of volunteers. Jess, Arini and Rebecca invite all ages, skill levels and capabilities to take part. The process begins with a workshop—a connective and critical discussion that disrupts homogenised ways of doing and making. For volunteers—that’s you!—there is no right or wrong way to perform the score.

Each performance depends on its participants, and differently stretches durational and spatial thresholds. When participants work as a collaborative system, their differences often result in structural collapse. Each time this happens, new choreography expands on cyclical loops that have caved in on themselves.

Sinkhole offers a site for meaningful collaboration: makers and collaborators share agency via processes and skills, investigating, constructing and dismantling hierarchy. Different modes of thinking, occurring through doing, feed into the sinkhole as its collective of disparate but connected selves work together, navigating uncertainty and confusion like cells exploring a body.

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Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.