Iona Mackenzie’s practice largely focuses on folklore and its capacity to function as a psychosocial weapon.
In 2022, Iona had the pleasure of contributing to Ort der Kraft; an off-site exhibition in an Austrian cave, curated by Anna Bochkova. Curated by Torre Alain, Gözde Filinta, and Marian Luft, she also presented work at Keiv Space in Athens, Greece for the exhibition titled Dirty Laundry.
Iona has additionally shown work in Sydney, for Salon of the Rose + Cross, courtesy of Ritual Transmission Agency. Closer to home, she has enjoyed exhibiting and performing for CAVES, Seventh Gallery, KINGS, and Temperance Hall, and recently presented a solo exhibition at Assembly Point.
Hayley Does is an emerging contemporary dance artist based in Naarm/Melbourne.
As a Victorian College of the Arts (Dance) 2021 graduate, they have worked with multi-medium artists such as Zoe Bastin (TWWOF Midsumma Festival ‘21, Waves ‘21-22), Parallel Park (Mission Surge Rising Festival ‘21), Kari Lee McInneney-Mcrae and leading Australian choreographers such as Alisdair Macindoe, Prue Land and Sue Healey.
Does has completed further study at the University of Arts London, in Creative Coding, and has presented her own choreographic works at Temperance Hall Out Of Bounds (supported by Lucy Guerin Inc, Ballet Lab.) and the University of Melbourne. In 2019 she trained at CND, Paris with Arno Shuitmaker and Coline, Istres with Edmond Russo and Shlomi Tuizer, and was invited to perform Heretofore (Anna Smith) and Camping at CND, Paris. Does is a 2022 Police Point Shire Artist in Residence and selected for DanceHouse’s 2022 Emerging Choreographers Program.
Experimenting with acts of deconstruction, construction, impartment, and impact, Hayley and Iona exercise the femme-led, dissenting practice of folklore. Traditionally, this communicative practice has been formed and reformed by women. Often utilised to spread subversive information and covertly undermine oppressive patriarchal powers, folklore can be considered a revisionist technology. With the femme body acting as a malleable conduit, Hayley and Iona seek to physically and materially represent and enact these powerful psychosocial aspects of folkloric communication through performance.