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Thanatonauts - Navigators of Death

Year: 2008, 68 mins
Code: IG-Than
ISBN: 978-1-921882-69-2

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Originally a "serial" multi-site performance delivered over 7 days and later adapted to a screen-based video, Thantonauts takes Death as a land that can be visited, layered with interviews of people sharing their personal perceptions and experiences. Inspired by the French author Bernard Werber's novel "Les Thanatonautes", in which Death - the last frontier - is navigated and charted, the work combines stories, contemporary dance, Kalaripayatt (South Indian martial art), and original music and soundscape. The interviews of Brisbane locals that are interweaved throughout the work present views into people's inner-world.

- Live performance + interviews (54:14 min)
October 7-13, 2001, l’attitude 27.5 Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse
- Videodance (
13:20 min) February 2004. English, with French and English subtitles

IGNEOUS is a Brisbane-based multimedia and performance company founded by Suzon Fuks, multimedia artist, director and photographer, and James Cunningham, choreographer and performer. They are also founding members of the international cyberformance group ActiveLayers. Together they create stage shows, performance-installations, video-dance works and online performances, presenting work in Australia, Europe (Belgium, France, Switzerland, Germany, Poland), UK, and India. They facilitate workshops, master classes and labs on the integration of visual media and the performing arts, have been artists in residence at the University of Sydney, Brisbane Powerhouse, Dravidia Gallery and Shivashakti Kalarikshetram in Kochi, India (through Asialink), Dance4 Nottingham, and University of Brighton, and were awarded a fellowship at the Australian Choreographic Centre in Canberra.

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