6:30pm Live performance | Haroon Mirza: The Construction of an Act

Tue 8 Oct 2019

This is a past program.
Main Exhibition Gallery
$15 concession / $20 full

Doors and bar open: 5:30pm
First Performance: 6:30–7:10pm (SOLD OUT)

Please note, the second performance will be from 8:00–8:4pm. Tickets are available HERE.

6:30–7:10pm — SOLD OUT

8:00–8:40pm — SOLD OUT

Doors and bar open: 5:30pm

Join us in the galleries for a special one-night-only live performance that will bring together the outcome of three studio residencies at ACCA across musical composition, choreography and dance for the first and only time as part of our exhibition Haroon Mirza: The Construction of an Act.

Haroon Mirza: The Construction of an Act has been conceived as if the gallery itself was an instrument, with the exhibition forming an overall score. London-based artist Haroon Mirza has considered ACCA’s vast architecture as a reverberation chamber, in which a disparate ensemble of works come together to form a conceptual and sonic whole.

As a central new commission, a dedicated studio has been constructed within the gallery for local and international collaborators to undertake a series of weeklong residencies in composition, music and dance, culminating in a live performance. Loosely structured on the Adhan, the Islamic call to prayer, Mirza has scripted a science fiction narrative – with references to nature, artificial intelligence, psychedelic substances and the healing potential of song – as a provocation for each resident.

Through the residencies this script will be transformed: into a composition by James Rushford; workshopped by Rushford with musicians Jessica Aszodi (soprano), Alexander Garsden (guitar) and Freya Schack-Arnott (cello); and then interpreted into movement by choreographer Julie Cunningham, working with dancer Chess Boughey.

This live public performance will bring together the outcomes of these three residencies for the first and only time. Haroon Mirza: The Construction of an Act thus opens as a studio and a stage set for action: the nature of which will be revealed in the process of its eventual enacting.

 The live performance for The Construction of an Act is presented with Melbourne International Arts Festival and Liquid Architecture, with support from JMC Academy. 


 Composer: James Rushford

Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 September inclusive, 11 am–3.30 pm daily

Musicians: Jessica Aszodi, Alexander Garsden, James Rushford and Freya Schack-Arnott

Tuesday 24 – Thursday 26 September inclusive, Saturday 28 September, 11 am–3.30 pm daily

Choreographer and Dancer: Julie Cunningham and Chess Boughey

Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 October inclusive, 11 am–3.30 pm daily

 Writers: Chi Tran and Arben Dzika

Monday 7 – Friday 11 September inclusive, variable hours

Commissioned by Liquid Architecture for Disclaimer


Haroon Mirza

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