The Risk of Hyperbole
Music, dance and visual art oscillate and converge in The Risk Of Hyperbole, the debut interdisciplinary performance work by composer/director Jack Prest. Created in collaboration with dancer/choreographer Azzam Mohamed and visual artists Joe Wilson and Chanelle Collier, Hyperbole is at once a music recital, dance performance and art exhibition.
In taking the lead role Prest breaks the status quo of performance using the score to drive the work, setting the pace, the tone and defining the structure. Written in collaboration with some of Australia’s top contemporary and classical musicians, the score combines techno, hip-hop, ambient, experimental electronic and neo classical styles, into a progressive sonic vision.
Wilson and Collier present a series of artworks, refashioned from vintage camping tents and emblazoned with hand printed symbols that celebrate sound, object and movement. These artworks are installed live on-stage in an alternate form of set building that transforms process into performance. This literally sets the stage for Mohamed who brings the excitement of street dance and the dynamics of freestyle into a contemporary choreographic context.
The performance features a live music ensemble with Claire Edwardes, Jason Noble and Benjamin Freeman joining Prest, Mohamed, Wilson and Collier live on stage.
This is a new performance work commission by Phoenix Central Park and represents a bold new step for the venue as it continues to establish itself as a home for progressive work across all performance art forms.
Full show video (1 hour) embedded below. Your experience will be greatly enhanced by using good quality headphones or audio system, rather than your computer’s speakers. Seriously, it’s worth the effort!
About the artists
Jack Prest is a mid career arts professional working as composer, mix/master/recording engineer and interdisciplinary artist. His practice incorporates, electronic, avant-garde and ambient music, sound art, new media, video and performance. The Risk Of Hyperbole is his debut full-length performance work as lead artist and director. He holds apposition as a senior engineer at Studios 301, Australia’s most prestigious recording facility and performance works for which he has composed original scores, have featured at: Dance Massive, Sydney Festival, Darwin Festival, Bleach Festival, Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival, APAM, Carriageworks, Next Wave, Junction Festival, Queenstown Arts Festival.
Jack created the score for Branch Nebula’s 2013 Helpmann Award winning Whelping Box and in 2018 was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance at the Australian Dance Awards for Nick Power’s Between Tiny Cities. Building on his success in Australia his works have engaged international audiences with touring to international festivals and events including: La Place (France), Compagnie par Terre (France), Freespace (Hong Kong), and for Between Tiny Cities toured by Intimate Spectacle toured to venues in Cambodia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Hungary, Spain & UK, including festivals such as ImPulzTanz (Vienna), Sziget Festival (Budapest), Tanz Im August (Berlin), Hong Kong Arts Festival, Georgetown Festival (Malaysia), and most recently Breakin’ Convention (Sadlers Wells, London), Belfast International Festival and Norfolk & Norwich Festival.
Jack’s engineering credits feature prominent artists and labels in both the Australian and International markets: Sony, Future Classic, Stones Throw, Kitsune, Wondercore Island, La Sape, OSLWA (Nest), Bruce Springsteen, The Preatures, Sampa The Great, Kool Keith, Flume, What So Not, Action Bronson, Urthboy, Tasman Kieth, David Campbell, Delta Goodrum, Jonti, Santpoort, Anatole, Donatachi and Godtet.
Joe Wilson and Chanelle Collier
Joe Wilson and Chanelle Collier are an Australian collaborative love team working within and outside art gallery, and institution programs. They incorporate textile, imagery, object, and sound into a conceptually driven visual arts practice. Their work playfully incorporates the process of its making, presentation, and administration. Wilson and Collier have collaborated since 2015; with career highlights including: two-time residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, FR, 2018 and 2019; awarded a Create NSW Artist Grant, 2021; Visual Art Fellowship Emerging finalists, 2021, with Artspace. Upcoming: Bundanon Artist Residency, 2022; and Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, USA, 2022.
Azzam Mohamed, also known as Shazam, is a dancer, performer, and educator. He has been dancing for more than 13 years, and has trained in an array of different dance styles, from traditional cultural African dances like Afro-House and Kuduro to street dance styles such as HipHop, Popping and House. In 2019 he was champion of Destructive Steps – Australia’s premiere street dance competition, and in 2020, he was invited back to judge the Hip Hop category of that competition.
As an educator, he taught classes at Sydney’s major universities such as UTS, UNSW, and USYD. Additionally, he has been invited to conduct a weekend intensive at Dubbo Ballet Academy and the Australian Dance festival in 2018, he was also invited to conduct Afro-fusion dance workshops in Malaysia and Singapore in 2019. As a performer, he took part in a contemporary and street dance crossover production with Riddim Nation commissioned by Sydney and Adelaide Festivals in 2020 – Two Crews, choreographed by Nick Power. He also choreographed and perform his solo work Me, Myself, I for Out of Iso, a series of short dance works presented by Intimate Spectacle at 107 Projects. The Risk Of Hyperbole is his first full-length work as solo performer and choreographer.