Progress Report

Currently presented at The Substation as part of FRAME: A biennial of dance

Commissioned through Vitalstatistix’s Incubator program in 2019, Progress Report is a new solo performance about consumerism and waste. The work puts everyday decisions under the microscope to reveal seemingly contradictory, at times hilarious and often unbearable truths. A hortative manifesto that boldly proclaims wasting waste is a waste, Progress Report exemplifies the imperative need to transform the value of garbage.

Progress Report brings together long-time collaborators, dance makers and multidisciplinary artists Alison Currie and Alisdair Macindoe, and their mutual interest in the place of objects and subjects in performance.

Through their work they investigate human dependency on and intimacy with objects and how interactions between performer and object can convey tenderness, loneliness and isolation. The upcycled objects in Progress Report become friends, strangers, clothing, and environments, that can instantly be reduced back to packaging or rubbish.

Progress Report features several cubic metres of industrial plastics that have been intercepted midway through their recycling process. The work mirrors a dynamic state of change, reflecting this intercepted process, where objects, performer, text and choreography are in flux.

Progress Report is supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Arts SA, Vitalstatistix Incubator Residency and DanceHub SA Residency

Image: Sam Roberts


Performance Dates

MARCH 1-4 2023
Wed–Sat 7:30–8:30pm
The Substation
1 Market Street, Newport, Victoria
3015, Australia


AUGUST 17-22, 2021
7pm (with a 3pm matinee Sat 21)
Waterside, 11 Nile St, Port Adelaide,
Kaurna Yerta


26 & 27 April, 2019
Waterside, 11 Nile St, Port Adelaide
Kaurna Yerta


$25 General Admission
$20 Concession
$15 First Nations

Creative Team

Co-direction, concept and choreography – Alison Currie and Alisdair Macindoe
Soloists – Cazna Brass and Alisdair Macindoe
Understudy performer – Rachael Coulson
Lighting, set and costume design – Meg Wilson
Sound design – Sascha Budimski, in collaboration with Alisdair Macindoe
Producers – Penelope Leishman, Jason Cross, and Insite Arts
Lighting operator and technician – Simonne Myers
Lighting consultant – Matthew Adey
Choreographic development artists – Kialea-Nadine Williams and Lewis Rankin
Secondment dancers – Amelia Watson, Alec Katsourakis, Tiamia Linke, Madeline Bulmer, Cazna Brass, Callum Mooney
Upcycling and recycling services – The French Brace, It’s not garbage – Creative Play Resources, Cool Foam, Vitalstatistix, crowd sourced styrofoam donations, Various second hand stores
Industrial foam waste supply and recycling
– Cool Foam
Supporters – DanceHub SA
Photography – Sam Roberts

Flight and transport for this project have been carbon offset through Trees for Life

Created and performed on Kaurna land