Parer Place

Shifting Lenses by Elise May

where Parer Place Urban Screens

when 19 April – 15 May 2016

time 6.30pm – 9.30pm nightly

tickets Free | No booking required


Shifting Lenses is a solo digital performance installation created by dancer choreographer Elise May. This experimental research is the outcome of May's Master of Arts (Research) degree first presented in July 2015. In collaboration with animator Paul Van Opdenbosch, Elise developed an experimental and embodied practice-led research inquiry examining interdisciplinary perspectives on the fields of choreography, moving image, animation, installation and interactive technology. This work is the outcome of May's research, incorporating three experimental animations which utilise X-sens motion capture technology to create generative animation outcomes.

Shifting Lenses experiments with concepts of the analogue versus digital, the obscured body and the fracturing of time and body in response to chronophotography in its historical context and the development of moving images. Questions of liveness, performativity, interactivity and the integration of digital and live elements emerge in this work. Elise was interested in creating an environment where an augmented reality of merged digital and live worlds may encourage experiences of heightened presence and embodiment through the shared space of performer and audience.

Elise May
Elise May is a dancer and choreographer who works with digital media and technology and has created work extensively as an independent artist in Australia and internationally, and as a company member of Expressions Dance Company (EDC). Elise has also developed an interest in choreography, performance design, installation, sound and moving image. Her works include Close Proximity and Screen Dance Laboratory, the latter created during her 2010 Brisbane Front Residency at the Judith Wright Centre in Brisbane. In 2011 Elise presented an interactive online creative development project entitled 101 Ways to Strip!, as well as choreographic commissions for QUT and Expressions Dance Company. Elise has worked internationally in Taiwan, China, the U.S, South Korea and Switzerland and choreographed three works entitled End Up, The Woman With Two Smiles and The Man of Many Talents. In 2012 Elise was awarded the Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer Australian Dance Award and was nominated for a 2015 Australian Helpman Award. Elise completed a Masters of Arts by Research at QUT in 2015, investigating interdisciplinary approaches to the use of the moving image and digital media in live performance.


Year of production: 2016
Duration: 27'03''
Format and colour: Full colour, dual-channel HD files, scalable to fit the 2048x768 display resolution.
Audio: Stereo audio