The Design Plot (2016 – ), is an ongoing performance project by Shelley Lasica in collaboration with dancers Ellen Davies, Timothy Harvey, Louella Hogan, Daniel Newell, Lilian Steiner, and Jo White and cinematographer James Wright. The project has previously been staged at RMIT Design Hub, MPavilion, Gertrude Glasshouse, Minanoie and the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club.
Each utterance considers the various ways that spaces are inhabited, designing three-dimensional space through choreography and time. Delving into the problematic nature of improvisation, the work explores the agency of the performers as they adapt to each given location, shifting with each context and audience exchange.
For this repetition of the process, The Design Plot will take the form of an exhibition, physically and temporally occupying Sutton Projects through both live and filmed performance.
Shelley Lasica is an independent choreographer and dancer whose practice is characterised by cross-disciplinary collaborations and an interest in presenting dance in various spatial contexts. Lasica’s choreographic works illustrate an enduring interest in thinking about dance, movement and the many contexts in which they occur. Her works have been presented by Melbourne Festival; National Gallery of Victoria; Artspace, Sydney; Centre Nationale de la Danse. Paris; Siobhan Davies Studios, London; Dance Massive 2015; 20th Biennale of Sydney; Murray White Room and Anna Schwartz Gallery. In 2018, solo and ensemble work will be presented in a number of situations including Union House, University of Melbourne, Sutton Projects, The Substation.