Photo by Aaron Webber
Jupiter Orbiting | Joshua Pether
Based on the lived experience of living within two parallel realities, ‘Jupiter Orbiting’ is an immersive exploration of personal identity through science fiction narrative and a visceral collaboration of movement, sound and video.
Using excerpts from diary entries to ‘Jupiter’, a newly conceived identity providing support in times of struggle, Pether negotiates the boundaries of fantasy and reality to navigate past psychological and physical traumas. As fact and fiction collide within a highly sensorial environment, the performer and audience form a shared bond which explores perceptions of mental health, our relationship to trauma and our ability for empathy.
Choreographer: Joshua Pether
Performers: Joshua Pether and Daniel Jenatsch
Musician: Daniel Jenatsch
Dramaturg: Shona Erskine (1st development), Humphrey Bower (2nd development)
Producer: Cameron Lansdown-Goodman
Thank you also to Romey Cresswell for her input into the first development and Neil Berrick for his videography and support. A special thank you to Tim Carter, PICA and the Next Wave Festival for their support through the development of the work and commissioning the work as part of the Next Wave Festival 2018
Joshua Pether | Performer/Creator
Joshua Pether is of Kalkadoon heritage but lives and works on Noongar country in Western Australia. He is a performance artist, dancer and choreographer of movement, temporary ritual and imagined realties. His practice is influenced by his two cultural histories- indigeneity and disability and the hybridization of the two with particular interest in the aesthetics of the disabled body and also that of the colonized body.
His work and practice have been supported through the Australia Council and DCA (local) funding. He has been the recipient of two emerging artist grants (JUMP and Art Start) by the Australia Council where, working with mentor Dan Daw, his practice focused on integrated dance and the role it played within the broader dance community. He has also travelled extensively overseas engaging with companies such as Skanes Dans Teatre, SPIN Dance Company, Candoco Dance Company, STOP Gap Dance Company and Independen-Dance. As an independent artist he has had work shown in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney and has performed in festivals and events such as the Undercover Artist Festival, Yirramboi Festival, Next Wave, APAM 2018, Short Cuts and the MoveMe Festival. He is the creator of two solo works, ‘Monster’ and ‘Jupiter Orbiting’, where Jupiter Orbiting has gained critical acclaim and further interest has been sought to present the work at Super Cell and New York in January 2019.
As a dancer he has worked for companies such as LINK Dance Company, Ochre Contemporary Dance Company and Touch Compass (NZ) and has performed both nationally and internationally. He has cultivated long term relationships with organisations such as Critical Path, Performing Lines, Access Arts and Blakdance, where with Blakdance he has been supported by them as part of the Next Gen of Blak choreographers. In addition he has spoken on panels related to disability and transformative practice at ISPA and Arts Activated NSW.
Joshua is teaching in the Participate program on Wednesday 3 April, 2.30 - 4.30PM | THE WHAT