Image credit: Merce Cunningham by Gerda Peterich

Set over three days, the Supersense Festival brings together a collection of ecstatic performances featuring master artists from across 20th century. Delivering performances that mine worlds of intense sonic beauty, contemplation and sublime minimalism over these days, the Arts Centre Melbourne will see performances curated by Sophia Brous.

“In Supersense 2019, we are exploring and navigating an entire history of movements, disciplines, cultures, contemporary extrapolations of what the ecstatic is and how we as human beings seek out ecstatic transformations. Midpoint to the festival is MINIMAL – a program beckoning us to listen as it explores possibilities of time, duration and repetition within a program that gives us the chance to slow down, listen and focus together,” says Sophia Brous.

Across four hours this Saturday, 24 August, audiences will be given the opportunity to slow down, meditate and enter into a space of wonder and inspiration, in a program of exquisite music, performance and dance artistry.

Among the icons and next generation artists of sonic innovators are legendary free-jazz pioneer Roscoe Mitchell (USA) of the Art Ensemble of Chicago; the iconic Merce Cunningham company dancers in an Australian exclusive homage to Merce Cunningham in the Cunningham Centennial Solos: Melbourne, UK sound artist Graham Lambkin (UK) with celebrated composer and multi-instrumentalist wunderkind James Rushford and Canadian sound artist crys cole (CAN) in a line-up of exceptional explorers of mesmeric sonic imagination.

A bona fide pioneer of 20th century jazz, free jazz and improvisation, Roscoe Mitchell has been attributed the moniker of having reshaped modern music. From co-founding the epoch-making Art Ensemble of Chicago to recording more than 100 solo and collaborative albums, this maverick saxophonist’s tireless expeditions to new and sound-expanding spaces has inspired generations of artists in his wake.

Few figures in contemporary dance loom as large as Merce Cunningham. A key figure of the New York modernist underground, he is one of, if not the most significant choreographers of the 21st century. To mark his centenary this year, three esteemed institutions – London’s Barbican, New York’s BAM and CAP UCLA in Los Angeles – gathered former dancers from his company to pass on his choreography to a new generation in Night of 100 Solos.

As part of MINIMAL, in an exclusive Australian presentation, former Cunningham dancers Dylan Crossman and Kimberley Bartosik, bring the iconic choreography to life in Cunningham Centennial Solos: Melbourne. Dancers Christian Allen, Aaron Burr Johnson and Lindsey Jones will perform some of these solos to celebrate the centenary of the legendary choreographer’s life and career.

Some artists push the limits of their form. Avant-guard sound poet, Graham Lambkin has you questioning whether they exist. The English-born multidisciplinary artist Lambkin's work embraces questions of environment, ecology and decay through the surreal and oblique handling of audio, visual and text-based mediums.

There have always been spaces between the notes you hear. That's where Australian contemporary composer-performer James Rushford lives. Playing a one-of-a-kind organ, he reconfigures late-Medieval keyboard works like a sonic kaleidoscope, spinning threads in all directions to wondrous modern effect.

A restless innovator and prolific collaborator, Canada’s crys cole creates tactile, microscopic sounds that invite listeners to wander through ambient worlds of fragile beauty and poetic impact. The music makers’ woven sound worlds glisten and burst, leading the imagination on journeys of hushed wonder.

As part of the Supersense MINIMAL experience, audiences are guided underground voyaging through the Arts Centre Melbourne labyrinth to find a place at one of multiple stages to witness and delve into the sonic and visual delight that is MINIMAL.

Now in its third year, Supersense 2019 features icons of music, theatre, dance and performance rituals from five continents in an intoxicating exploration of ecstatic performance.

Don't miss out on this years' Supersense 2019 at the Arts Centre.


Dates: 23 - 25 August 2019 (Supersense MINIMAL program: 24 August)

Location: Arts Centre Melbourne - 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004

Admission costs: $49 All tickets General Admission. Supersense MINIMAL is ticketed as one extended event conducted across various performance spaces, featuring a line-up of numerous artists. Supersense Website