Let's Make Love
SHOW STATUS: Ready to Tour
CATEGORY: Get Together
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Company Website: http://www.youtube.com/user/jendreamlight
Producer Name: Jen Jamieson
Synopsis ( max 1500): A woman approaches and asks, “are you here for love?”
You nod, maybe with hesitation and answer “yes”
The woman tells you that you’ll be going for a walk together and gestures for you to follow, she warns you that when you both get to that point over there she will hug you. She stops and turns to you and hugs you for a long time. You attempt to break the hug and realise that she is not letting go, you relax into this and your breath slows right down, all of a sudden a timer goes off, the woman tells you “that was a 1-minute hug”. You walk off together to think about this hormone called Oxytocin…
Let’s Make Love is a one-to-one performance work recently presented at Liveworks Festival in Sydney and Proximity Festival in Perth, a remount of the original 2014 Proximity work. It was also recently presented it in Singapore at the ArtScience Museum in a gallery exhibition context. The Liveworks Festival season sold out before opening, and from that season The Australian Museum in Sydney have booked the work for presentation for a one night only event. Dark Mofo are also looking at how to program the work.
The performance can be tailored to last between 10-25 minutes and is site specific. In Fremantle, it was staged on the roof of heritage Fremantle Arts Centre, in Singapore in the Oculus area overlooking Singapore harbour and Marina Bay Sands shopping precinct, in Sydney it was on a purpose-built scaffold tower and in Perth CDB a platform was created on a rooftop balcony next to an abandoned church.
The work is roving – artist and audience participant walk from a starting point, talking and strolling to finish at a ‘magical’ final location where they lie down side by side holding hands looking up at the sky around them.
Review Quotes (max 3 quotes): "Jen Jamieson's opening question in a theatre foyer is an invitation to a surprising artistic experience." Garry Maddox, Sydney Morning Herald
"Even in 20 minutes, Jamieson creates moments that are variously calming, emotional and melancholy so effectively that it feels like a wrench when the show is over." Garry Maddox, Sydney Morning Herald
"Let’s Make Love is spartan and seeks to unsettle the very forms that it attempts to engage with along the way — interactive biochemistry lecture, guided meditation and mini-date — all unfolding to allow moments of confected intimacy to spread through the concrete box that is Carriageworks." Teik-Kim Pok, Realtime