Gesture and Stance – Canberra Dance Theatre responds to sculptures by James Rogers

James Rogers, Swingband

Collaborating remotely during the recent COVID lockdown, performers from the Canberra Dance Theatre have created a filmed response to the dynamic and performative sculptures of James Rogers.

Spanning 40 years of creation, Rogers’ abstract sculptures range from tumbling coloured plywood spheres to gesticulating curving ribbons of steel, all evoking bodily gesture and human stance. Creatively located in a variety of Canberra landscapes, individual CDT dancers re-imagine and embody the works in moving form.

The Drill Hall Gallery thanks Canberra Dance Theatre for generously engaging in this project.

James Rogers’ survey exhibition Tunnelvision is on show at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery from July 31 to September 27, 2020.


Dancers: in order of appearance, Suzanne Carroll, Rachael Hilton, Hiria Reppion, Amy Macris, Joey Wilton, Mary Henley, Gretel Burgess, Jacqui Simmonds

Artist: James Rogers

Music: Human Gesture by Rob J Kennedy

Film editing: Joanne Leong

We acknowledge The Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, and pay respects to the elders past, present and emerging.



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Updated:  21 July 2020/ Responsible Officer:  DHG Director/ Page Contact:  Drill Hall Gallery