The Difficult Comedown


Two women carry and haul, run, wait – and consider: what’s clearly necessary, right now? Each asks with all that she is. In duet the women age the body, expand it, injure it. They change. The dance dwells in an ecosystem of seasonality, a rhythm of work that allows the women to persist in unsentimental relationship to the earth. Meanwhile, they don’t have to take care of each other – but they do.

The Difficult Comedown is interested in shared resilience and the labour of women. It considers a new epoch beyond the Anthropocene, past human predominance on earth. Borne of long-embodied knowledge, and compelled by wilfulness, this is performance from the ground up: an immersion in slow change.

Performers Paea Leach and Alexandra Harrison shatter their solo lives to come down to earth. It is difficult, but they make mountains.

Presented by Arts House, Paea Leach and Alexandra Harrison as part of Dance Massive 2019

The Difficult Comedown

Paea Leach & Alexandra Harrison
View Profile
Tue 12 - Sat 16 March

6:30pm (60 Mins)

Meat Market
5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

Tickets $35* $30¤ $25†
Full * Concession ¤ Locals †

Accessibility — Wheelchair access, companion card

Co-creators & Performers
Paea Leach, Alexandra Harrison
Lighting designer & Production management
Bosco Shaw
Anna Tregloan
Sound designer
Marco Cher-Gibard
Cynthia Troup
Erin Milne (Bureau of Works)
Gregory Lorenzutti