Justine Shih Pearson

Justine Shih Pearson is a designer, curator and scholar of contemporary dance and performance, with a particular interest in intercultural and hybrid practices. Trained originally in theatre design at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, she has published in About Performance, Extensions and RealTime, and recently completed her doctoral dissertation at the University of Sydney; titled “In the In-Between,” the project looks at minute experiences of dislocation and disorientation within performances of interculturality, arguing for an expanded notion of embodiment and spatiality in understanding cultural performance. Justine is currently the acting director of Critical Path, a choreographic research centre in Sydney.



Conundrums of placing and timing: making new from the old avant garde

Designer, curator and scholar of contemporary dance, Justine explores two aspects of the performative event of Anatomy of an Afternoon by Martin del Amo. One has to do with its placing; what happens when the avant garde moves to inhabit big ‘C’ cultural institutions. The other concerns its timing; how can work that has entered the canon of the historical avant garde retain newness and experimentation, the power to startle or even shock, in present-day reinterpretation.