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Nude Live

7 - 23 Jan
Art Gallery of NSW

World Premiere

Witness dancers moving and breathing, their bodies and souls bared as they explore and respond to one of art’s greatest subjects – the unclothed human body.

As part of the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ major summer exhibition, Nude: art from the Tate collection, and with highly physical and emotionally charged choreography by Rafael Bonachela, dancers respond to paintings, sculptures, photographs and works on paper by renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Lucian Freud, Henri Matisse and Louise Bourgeois.

This very special performance will take you into an immersive, intimate world where art meets dance.

Co-presented by Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Dance Company and Sydney Festival.
The exhibition Nude: art from the Tate collection is a collaboration between Tate and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Program supporters: Kiera Grant, Leonard Groat, Carole Lamerton, Kenneth R Reed AM, Ray Wilson OAM and Robyn Martin-Weber.

Note: This show is performed nude. Recommended for ages 16+.

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7 – 23 January
Art Gallery of NSW
Art Gallery Road
The Domain 2000

General Admission Standing $65/$60
+ Booking Fee

Duration: 60 minutes

7 January 6pm & 7.30pm
8 January 6pm & 7.30pm
9 January 6pm & 7.30pm
10 January 6pm & 7.30pm
14 January 6pm & 7.30pm*
15 January 6pm & 7.30pm
16 January 6pm & 7.30pm
17 January 6pm & 7.30pm
21 January 6pm & 7.30pm
22 January 6pm & 7.30pm
23 January 6pm & 7.30pm*

*Sat 14 & Mon 23 Jan at 7:30pm are nudist performances, where audience members will be in the nude. Bookings are currently open for people aged 18+. Clothed audience members will not be admitted.


Art After Hours at the Art Gallery of NSW

Celebrity Talks: From titillation to taboos
Exposing the human body

In association with Nude: art from the Tate collection, a celebrity speaker series dissecting the ways in which the human form excites and confronts us. Celebrating different incarnations of the body, we explore the sensual, visceral and mortal.

Hear the artistic director of the Sydney Dance Company, Rafael Bonachela, talk with the Gallery’s head of international art, Justin Paton, about an exciting collaboration between the Gallery and Sydney Dance that will be performed as part of the Sydney Festival in January. Nude live features six dancers moving and breathing, their bodies and souls bared as they explore and respond to the imagery and themes of Nude: art from the Tate collection.

Click here to listen to the soundcloud recording.

‘★★★★★ Profoundly thought provoking’Limelight Magazine

‘The closer you get the more unknowable and awe-inspiring they appear. It goes without saying they [the dancers] are remarkably beautiful in form and function, works of art in themselves.’The Australian

‘★★★★ 1/2 What you see will be worth the visit. More than a viewing, Nude Live is an experience.’Sydney Morning Herald

‘…emotionally touching and insightful in the dance relationships to the artworks.’ – Jill Sykes on Nude Live as one of this year’s Festival highlights.

‘I keep my head erect and eyes level. I don’t fold my arms or clasp my hands because it communicates a defensiveness I’m elated to realise I do not feel…. With nowhere to hide, yet everything on display, in a rapid and total way – I quit trying. And it feels great.’Kate Hennessy, The Guardian

Listed as part of Time Out‘s 10 Best things we saw at Sydney Festival 2017.

‘There was an instantaneous feeling and understanding of ‘oneness'; I felt we were in the art, surrounded by the art, being connected to the art through the dancers, and ultimately ourselves becoming the art; especially in the moment during the movement that audience members were taken by the hand and placed in formation; suddenly there was one of the most profound and deepest senses of ‘belonging’ I have ever felt.’ – Andrew, Audience Member reflecting on the ‘Nude Live’ nude audience performance.