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'The Hope Machine' is a contemporary look at the subject of hope with a techno pop edge and a worldly point of view. Choreographed in, on, and around a two storey "hope machine" created by Australian visual artist Simeon Nelson, the dancers revel in energy which is the engine of hope. This video dance draws fragments of the real world into its choreography making it a dance on hope which is tinged with melancholy - a not quite convinced, but damn willing to try look at creating hope from the exuberance and daring of dance. 'The Hope Machine' maps the elision between live work for the screen and screen work for the stage. The dancers glide between the ‘black box’ of the famous Theatre Royal in Hobart, the empty space of the ruined Church at the Port Arthur Historic Site, the four live screen spaces of Nelson’s ‘The Hope Machine’, and the multiple screens created by the directors in filming and post production. Backstage, on stage, on set, on camera, in the stream of technology.

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Karen Pearlman  Richard James Allen
Richard James Allen
Karen Pearlman  Richard James Allen
Executive Producers
Ren Middleton
Dir. of Photography
Ian Peterson
Martin Harvey  Richard James Allen
Production Designer
Simeon Nelson
Richard James Allen - Karen Pearlman - Joanna Pollitt - Gregory Tebb - Kylie Tonellato - Samantha Vine
Production Completion
Art and culture, Drama, History and national identity, Musical
Production Company
Tasdance  TNT 9 Launceston (Southern Cross Television)
Australian Sales
Marcom Projects Pty Ltd