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High Performance Packing Tape
October 12, 2022 @ 8:00 am - October 13, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
In High Performance Packing Tape, celebrated Australian company Branch Nebula employs readymade materials—stationery and disposable hardware items—to place performer Lee Wilson in a series of mind-bending planes and predicaments.
Climbing towers made from items that will inevitably collapse, suspending the body in the air from materials that stretch and then snap, and balancing precariously on structures made of things designed to decorate a party, High Performance Packing Tape invites the viewer to experience edge of the seat madness.
The tension of cheap materials pushed to breaking point, inevitable equipment failure, and imminent physical demise lead to horrific scenarios. Safety and wellbeing are de-prioritised in new and liberating ways. High Performance Packing Tape faces fear, self preservation and risk management to create enthralling new possibilities for physical performance.
About the artist
Lee Wilson and Mirabelle Wouters co-founded Branch Nebula in 1999 and have co-created all the company’s works to date. Their shared aesthetic draws its dynamism from passionate engagement with street culture – shopping malls, protests, community vogue balls, skate competitions – and cultivates its intelligence from a discriminating awareness of movements in contemporary arts.
Branch Nebula is one of Australia’s most adventurous performance companies. Working at the nexus between theatre, dance, sport and street-styles, they immerse audiences in the creativity of urban landscapes and vital theatre experiences.
Branch Nebula’s new street-style work DEMO premiered in 2019 at Custom’s House Forecourt for the Art & About program, presented by the City of Sydney, with a more compact version demi-DEMO premiering in the same location in 2021. A companion piece to High Performance Packing Tape, CRUSH, which features both Lee and Mirabelle on stage, premiered at the Sydney Opera House in 2020.