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The Substation
1 Market Street
Newport, Victoria 3015 Australia

(03) 9391 1110
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Progress Report

Alison Currie and Alisdair Macindoe
Presented by The Substation

“Progress Report” is a solo performance about consumerism and waste. The work puts everyday decisions under the microscope to reveal seemingly contradictory, at times hilarious and often unbearable truths.

A hortative manifesto that boldly proclaims wasting waste is a waste, “Progress Report” exemplifies the imperative need to transform the value of garbage.

With this latest work, long-time collaborators Alison Currie and Alisdair Macindoe delve into their mutual interest in objects and subjects in performance.

“Progress Report” features an ever-evolving stage design by Meg Wilson, subtle and impactful sonic worlds created by co-sound designers Sascha Budimski and Alisdair Macindoe and is delicately performed by Cazna Brass.

“Progress Report” features several cubic metres of industrial plastics that have been intercepted midway through their recycling process. The work mirrors a dynamic state of change, reflecting this intercepted process, where objects, performer, text and choreography are in flux.

There will be an Auslan interpreted Post Show Artist Talk on Friday 3 March.


Concept / Direction / Choreography / Writing: Alison Currie and Alisdair Macindoe
Soloist: Cazna Brass
Understudy: Rachel Coulson
Sound Design: Sascha Budimski and Alisdair Macindoe
Set, Lighting and Costume Design: Meg Wilson
Producers: Penelope Leishman, Jason Cross and Insite Arts
Choreographic Development Artists: Lewis Rankin and Kialea-Nadine Williams
Lighting Consultant: Matthew Adey
Video and Photography: Sam Roberts

Made and premiered at Vitalstatistix on Kaurna Country 2021.

Image credit: “Progress Report” (2021), Alisdair Macindoe & Alison Currie. Dancer Cazna Brass. Photo by Sam Roberts.

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Alisdair Macindoe is a multidisciplinary choreographer living on Woi Wurrung country. With an interest in extending the boundaries of choreographic practice, Alisdair’s work spans dance, sound, electronics, coding and text. Recent works have seen him explore automated dance and Artificial Intelligence; new technology for music expression; trans-humanism; waste and climate change and identity in the age of narcissism. Alisdair has received 5 Greenroom awards; an Australian Helpmann Award and a New York Performing Arts Award ‘Bessie’. He was the 2019 Resident Director for Lucy Guerin Inc, the 2019 Ausdance Peggy Van Praagh Fellow; the 2020 Dancenorth NO-SHOW and many more.

Alison Currie is an independent choreographer and dance artist based on Kaurna Yerta, South Australia. She is interested in connecting individual and universal shared humanity through live performance and often works with inanimate objects alongside dancers to highlight the human, personal and emotional within the work. Alison is currently sharing practice with Ade Suharto and working towards community engaged performance with OSCA at Parndo Yerta/Charles Cane Reserve, Prospect.