Nadja-Léona is an activated installation and bilingual performance by artist Jude Walton presented at the Alliance Française

Nadja-Léona: concept and direction by Jude Walton with Finnish based performer Gesa Piper, dancers/choreographers: Michaela Pegum, Jo White, Hillary Goldsmith and Arabella Frahn-Starkie, composer/pianist Kym Dillon and artist Eliza Dyball.

Nadja-Léona is an activated installation and performance that investigates the writing of André Breton bringing a contemporary feminist perspective to his iconic text of Nadja. It re-asks Breton’s question to Nadja ‘Who are you?’ to which she replied ‘I am the soul in limbo’.

Breton met Nadja on the streets of Paris and began an affair that lasted nine days. Her real name was Léona Delcourt and her identity has been uncovered by Dutch writer, Hester Albach who followed the clues in Breton’s book and letters found with the manuscript that led to contact with Nadja’s granddaughter.

While Breton’s book, and the places he and Nadja visited form the initial stimulus for the work it is not a simple narrative of events but extends into a wider exploration of the unconscious activity of the mind and the intellectual, literary and psychological concerns of Surrealism. The performance and the interactions with the projected images, play with surrealist techniques and concepts – unsettling juxtapositions, chance scores and the idea that the unconscious mind was the source of artistic creativity.



Weds 28 Nov, 6:00pm to 7:30 (Preview) BOOK HERE Please note: Booking is essential for all sessions - The audience capacity is 30

Full price: $30

AFM members: $20 | Make sure you are logged in to receive the AFM member price
Concession: $20 | Please enter 'CONCESSION DISCOUNT' into the discount code bar

Concession cards will be checked on the night.

Address: Alliance Française de Melbourne, 51 Grey Street, St Kilda, 3182
Thu 29 Nov, 6:00pm to 7:30pm (Opening night - includes a drink after the performance) BOOK HERE
Fri 30 Nov, 6:00pm to 7:30pm BOOK HERE
Sat 01 Dec, 3:00pm to 4:30pm (followed by a Q&A with artistic director Jude Walton) BOOK HERE
Sat 01 Dec, 6:00pm to 7:30pm BOOK HERE

SBS French interview with Jude Walton:

About Jude Walton's work:

Walton’s work spans site-specific, installation, and screen-based practice. She has directed solo and group performance works in art galleries and specific sites in major cities across Australia and overseas. The practice is at the edge of the ephemeral and the material, in which the performances/installations create visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic environments that invite experiential, embodied responses from the viewer.

Jude is the recipient of the 2018 Georges Mora Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria that is providing support for the development and performance of Nadja-Léona.

With a multidisciplinary practice spanning over 20 years, Walton’s work focuses on ephemerally poetic depictions of the body in place and time. Maintaining a richly diverse artistic career, Walton has worked across dance, film, visual art and theatre, regularly collaborating with dancers, performers and sound artists. Recent work has included Lehte, 2014, and Lehte II, 2015, at Heide Museum of Modern Art, two performances choreographed by Walton responding to Heide’s architectural space via dance, piano and archival film; and The Drill Hall Project, a 2017 site-specific work exploring the notion of absence.”  -  Briony Downes Art Guide

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