Overview, Images
Andrea Illés, A Pool for Salmacis, 2023. Courtesy the artists.

Remember Me Remember Me

Stacey Collee, Andrea Illés

31 Jan–24 Feb 2024

Stacey and Andrea will use the gallery as a stage for their investigation of the Baroque Opera ‘Dido and Aeneas.’ Through their durational, iterative performances, they will explore the source material through various modes of performance, staging, and filming.

The work engages with and challenges philosophical and psychoanalytic ideas around the sex/death binary while furthering the artists’ enquiries into performativity, self, and gazing. Although adaptation, their exploration of the material is critical and unmakes the narrative, preferencing its emotionality. The work is subjective and autobiographical in its enquiry and originates from discussions about tragic love.

The artists will commence the performance on opening night with a prelude, setting up the narrative and main characters of Dido and Aeneas. These characters (and others) will be played interchangeably by Andrea and Stacey over the course of the exhibition.

Over the subsequent month, the work will include choreographic, vocal, and other sound interpretations of the libretto/score. The performers will be present in the space from 4-6pm everyday, continuing their rehearsal, and accumulating recorded footage. When the performers are not present an evolving video work will occupy the gallery space.

The project will culminate in a feature length video adaptation of ‘Dido and Aeneas.’ The film will be constructed from footage documented in the space, as well as footage taken from specific locations around Naarm.

The work exists between film and theatre, live storytelling and prerecorded interludes, script and anecdote, mythology and autobiography.

The artists are interested in exhibiting the rehearsal of ‘Dido and Aeneas’ as an iterative performance over the course of the month, where slippage and accident are embraced and showcased as operatic spectacle. Mythology and Autobiography become indistinguishable in climactic arias, as texts and bodies are made/unmade.

Onsite, Exhibition

Stacey Collee + Andrea Illés assemble various forms of performance; pop covers, choreography, noise, and live macro photography to unmake a shape-shifting adaptation of Purcell’s opera Dido & Aeneas. During the four week durational performance they will explore the relationship between eros and annihilation within and without the libretto.

Opening Thursday 1 Feb 6–8pm & Performance 7:30pm

Live Performance Activations Wed–Sat 4–6pm

Please be advised this exhibition contains nudity and mature content. Thank you

Opening: 1 Feb 2024, 7am–7am
Opening Live Performance Activation: 1 Feb 2024, 8:30am–9am
Daily Live Performance Activations Wed–Sat 4–6pm: 2–24 Feb 2024, 5am–7am

This program takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded - this land is stolen land. We pay respects to Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and emerging, to the Elders from other communities and to any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who might encounter or participate in the program.

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Room 14, Level 7, 37 Swanston Street

Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

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Working on unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, Blindside pays respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.


Working on unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, Blindside pays respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.