Naked like the subjects on the walls, the dancers struck-up a conversation of pure physicality with the works of Nude: Art from the Tate Collection for a special series of performances during the Sydney Festival. Beyond seeing the naked figure of a life study, the series also offered the public the chance to participate, as visitors were given the option to attend 3 select performances nude alongside performers. The series was a great success, with each session booking out rapidly and garnering celebratory reviews including Sydney Morning Herald, Limelight, The Australian, The Guardian. The performers interpreted the theme and tone of each room through their bodies, giving participants a physical experience of the works on show and a vicarious understanding of the raw emotions involved. It was this sense of mutual interaction which melded the living and painted flesh of Nude Live into a singular, ephemeral work of art, inviting audiences to experience the tradition of the nude anew, through their own bodies. Nude Live performers in tableaux before Pierre Bonnard's paintings of his wife, left to right Nude in the bath , The bath and Bathing woman, seen from the back c. Uploaded image. Uploaded image Nude Live performers in tableaux before Pierre Bonnard's paintings of his wife, left to right Nude in the bath , The bath and Bathing woman, seen from the back c.
‘I feel so altered from something so simple and elemental.’
The Royal Academy of Arts is to recruit young men and women to stand naked in a doorway facing each other while total strangers squeeze through an uncomfortably narrow space between them. Will exhibition visitors breathe in and face the naked man, or the naked woman? Will they make eye contact? Will they avoid the experience altogether? That scenario is unlikely in , although similar levels of audience apprehension are on the cards. Some fairly charged through.
Just look at these perfect human specimens.
We're getting ready to see Nude Live , a delicious mix of art and modern dance, as part of Sydney Festival. This evening's performance of Nude Live is a little different, however. Like the six SDC performers who will dance naked, we — the audience — will be naked, too. We're given paper bags for our clothing and asked to disrobe. Some guests remove their outfits in one swift go, others strip slowly, layer by layer. The room is full of nervous energy. As we prepare to enter the exhibit, Nude: art from the Tate collections , I ask a group of young men behind me why they chose to be part of the naked viewing. I'm surprised at just how quickly the nerves disappear — how comfortable and relaxed the group has become as we seek out the dancers and view the artwork. Nudists may have arranged the event, but there's a sense that many of us are attending simply because it's something we'd never normally do. A young couple - one of several couples braving the evening together - share my own sentiments: "When else will we have the chance to do something like this?
You need to do something interesting and keep her faith up. Who knows, but I think it was especially hard for the moms of young men. No one should feel excluded from the House of the Lord. In particular, I relate to the fact that I'm feeling more like a booty call these days and it's making me start to resent him. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the position of the Church.