The Beast with Two Backs - Performance with Paul Walker & Gideon Payten-Griffiths

They stirred things up at the 2018 Sydney Really Good Sex Festival play party. Now Paul and Gideon will be back for Into the Wild, making love, new and raw, to ongoing conceptions of their body-blending, pillow-talking collaboration. The Beast With Two Backs seeks to distill the physical acts of sex into choreographic and performative expressions, celebrating sex as shame-free pleasure, as play and as a creative act. At the same time the work aims to probe sex-positivity, harness love and sex as radical provocations and examine the psychological journey of sex including themes of being watched, fear, desire, self-image and the beauty in the grotesque, fragile, finite, reproductive and non-reproductive, eco-sexual and queer body.

The work is an evolving collection of material with a choreographic core fused with live-art, participatory, theatre and installation elements. The artists will create new iterations responsive to the specific site and context of Into The Wild which may include bush apparitions, pop-up dance and roaming physical performance, intimate and two-on-one encounters and durational meditative installations inviting your participation. They will also be bringing an inflatable third-party!

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Paul Walker is a Sydney based artist working within the realms of dance, performance, installation and drawing. His solo performance practice explores the body as a site for queering personal and collective stories, through symbolism and ritual. Paul has presented solo work at Queer Nu Werk (PACT), Down / Under Space, The Nest Creative Space, Intersect Art Space, STACKS PROJECTS, Tatwerk Berlin, SEAM Symposium (Critical Path), Dance Meets Music II and Day for Night for Liveworks at Performance Space.

Gideon Payten-Griffiths is an chameleonic artist, performer, curator and facilitator spanning theatre, dance, music, live-art, film, installation and bodywork, finding a centre in the body as a material and emotional landscape and in searching for the compassionate, liminal space between things. His work manifests in a range of forms, contexts and collaborations including with Sydney Festival, Sydney Biennale, Peats Ridge Festival, Next Wave, Sydney Opera House, Performance Space, MCA Australia, KW Institute Berlin, PACT, The History Council of NSW, Sydney Living Museums, Strings Attached, DeQuincey Co. and Ninefold.