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Performance The Colour of Death: White

April 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm


The Colour of Death: White, is a collaboration between Gabrielle Leah New and Carolyn Cardinet and uses recycled plastic sculptural costume, photography, video performance and Butoh Dance Theatre to investigate coral bleaching.

New is a performing artist who uses Butoh and Bodyweather (Japanese contemporary dance theatre) to embody the process of, mitigating factors and the human response to the tragedy of Global Warming on essential coral reefs- particularly Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Corals are unique creatures that live in a symbiotic relationship with certain algae. The beautiful and sensitive corals, the forests of the ocean, die from minor changes in water temperature. The dying process begins with the termination of the relationship with the algae which causes the corals to die and turn white – the colour of death, not only for the coral but the reefs, their inhabitants and ultimately life on earth.

Together, New and Cardinet channel their feelings of both impotence and hope through their artistic practices to creatively raise awareness of the plight of our coral reefs.

For Bleached – the exhibition, New will perform live prior to the screening of Murder on the Reef. The 15 minute movement performance will be immersed into the backdrop of the exhibition bringing to life the story of coral bleaching and will utilise the recycled sculptural artwork of Cardinet as prop and costume to elucidate the journey of reef death. The work is accompanied by a gentle soundtrack taken from nature by composer Norm Skipp.

Followed by documentary screening at 6.30pm
Murder on the Reef and Q&A (as per calendar)


April 30, 2019
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Alliance Française De Melbourne
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St Kilda, VIC 3182
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