Antony Hamilton is an Australian choreographer whose multi award-winning performances involve a sophisticated melding of movement, sound and visual design.
Over three months, Antony will work with a diverse range of collaborators to explore, experiment with, and learn about, different types of movement - primal and technological. Antony will meet with robotics and animatronics engineers at Melbourne’s Creature Technology Company and Boston Dynamics in the USA, animal handlers and trainers, fashion designer Paula Levis, dancers and other stage craft practitioners. Through his research, Antony will gain new artistic skills and develop new relationships with a diverse range of potential collaborators from outside of the dance field. Antony’s research will inform his future dance works throughout 2019 and beyond.
What does being awarded a Creators Fund grant mean to you?
Being awarded a Creators Fund grant is a practical means to deeply research parallel disciplines and dream big creatively. It's also a wonderful validation that the work I do is an endeavour worth investing in.
How important is 'time' to you, as an artist/creative professional?
Time really is the ultimate commodity as an artist. Without time to think, plan and research, artists would simply not be able to develop new visions of what art can be, or investigate what the dialogue between art and the audience can be.
What's the first thing you did when you found out you were awarded a Creator's Fund grant?
I told my wife!
What are you most looking forward to over the months ahead?
I'm really looking forward to working with professional animal handlers, looking outside of the realm of human experience for a time. As a choreographer, I work with the human body as the prism through which we engage with the world. Engaging with the materiality and consciousness of animals is something entirely foreign to me, so I can't wait to become more familiar with creatures that humans share our existence with.
Where would like to see yourself at the end of this process? How do you anticipate your career will develop as a result?
At the end of this process, I will have developed a range of new skills and collaborative partnerships that will feed into the ecology of how I make work. As an artist who works collaboratively with others, this research period will expand into currently unknown territory, and will give my choreographic work new tools and language yet to be seen.