So it seems 2018 has become a surprise year for performance for Dean! Coming totally unexpected was PACT centre for emerging artists CEO Katrina Douglas asking me on board their AFTERGLOW: Generations program to double bill with emerging artist Cloé Fournier.
“AFTERGLOW is PACT’s premiere presentation season showcasing the most compelling early career artists. AFTERGLOW: Generations is an exciting new format that aims to build a cross generational conversation that contextualises the work of early career artists within a broad framework.”
Hot on the heels of this season at PACT he is present a 15-minute distillation in duet form, of his Threshold:NRC full-length solo. This is part of the Festival of Death and Dying.
He’s now also dreaming up ideas for another new full-length work and accompanying residency as part of East Sydney Community and Arts Centre’s Flying Nun program in October-December 2018. ESCAC have undergone massive refurbishments over the last few years. It is managed by the inimitable James Winter who has shaped the centre into a thriving hub of inner city cultural activity and inclusivity.
In this new work, Remote Control, I’ll choreographically investigate and showcase a series of realigned and reimagined ‘selves’ as a mature queer artist diagnosed as living with autism spectrum condition (ASC – Asperger’s Syndrome) and ADHD in 2015 - answering a lot of questions around my social disorientation and disassociation.
I’ve been an artist of national prominence for over two decades and many of my past works, solo and group, have unapologetically wrestled subject matter close to home and close-to-the-bone, having stemmed from a more diverse background by comparison to many I know in the arts. I’ve attempted to craft these works with a juxtaposing humour, irony, wit and emotionally confronting components in equal measure.
Remote Control is, in part, a history lesson in queer Sydney performance and dance culture, a GPS through psychological and emotional chaos brought about through surviving an extremely violent and homophobic upbringing and now being able to read the coordinates more clearly post NeuroQueer diagnosis. It is also a work of unbridled honesty, beauty and environmental hope.