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Cowboy is an interactive, solo contemporary-dance work that unpacks one’s ability to have a complete, genuine and meaningful experience as an imagined self. An original sound-score composed by Ben Ely transforms our surroundings into that of a Western Film.
Thursday, 11 March 2021 | 7.30pm
All tickets $15
Loyalty Member $10
*Recommended for ages 15+
“From surfing trains and taming horses to wandering the desert, Cowboy holds a deeper inquiry into the existence of human persona beyond fantasy. By committing entirely to the iconography of a cowboy, I seek to expose desires and vulnerabilities that exist in our pursuit to form identity.” -Michael Smith
Cowboy utilises its performance space to create both intimate settings and vast, open landscapes with a free-roaming audience. The work is site ‘adaptable’, tailoring the imagined reality to both indoor and outdoor locations, day or night. Michael operates the show from the inside, using a Bluetooth remote to cue tracks and sound effects that transform active audience-members into saloon doors, brawlers, pianists, and other instruments of the Western world. Cowboy is poignantly humorous yet sensitive, where Michael’s personal attempt for self-realisation and connection resonates beyond the Cowboy fantasy.
Created and Performed by Michael Smith
Produced by The Farm
Music Composition by Ben Ely
Sound Design by Anna Whitaker
Lighting Concepts and Production by Chloe Ogilvie
Mentored by Gavin Webber
Dramaturgy by Gavin Webber, Martyn Coutts, Liesel Zink
Special Thanks to The Angry Mime, South Bank Corporation’s ‘Flowstate’ and Liesel Zink.
*This is a promenade and interactive performance, meaning you will be standing onstage with the performer. You may be asked to move around the stage throughout the performance. This performance may contain smoke effects and strobe lighting. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes. This promenade performance is suitable for wheelchair users or audiences with other mobility impairments; please contact GECC if you would like to hear more. Seating can be provided, as required.
Cowboy is produced by The Farm, and supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Cowboy Creative Development was supported by The Farm and South Bank Corporation’s Flowstate . The Farm are proudly supported by The City of Gold Coast.