The Tennis Piece by Atlanta Eke
The French Revolution meets the Australian Open at Gertrude Contemporary, where Atlanta Eke has converted part of the gallery into a tennis-club-slash-dance-space for a playful performance piece.
On June 20, 1789, in the early days of the French Revolution, members of France's downtrodden Third Estate (or commoners, who made up 98 per cent of the population) got together on a tennis court and made a vow: “Not to separate, and to reassemble wherever circumstances require, until the constitution of the kingdom is established." It was a key moment in the struggle that followed.
Eke’s award-winning, provocative dance pieces have been performed everywhere from Hobart’s Mona Foma to Performa in New York. This one involves four dancers, four tennis ball machines, 400 tennis balls, and a robotic lute, and frames the tennis court as a place of revolutionary struggle.
Until March 23. Live performances will take place on February 8 and 9, and March 2 and 9.