supported by the Norwegian Arts Council
THE REHEARSAL, 2014
23 Sept, 2015
‘The Rehearsal’ is a film (40 mins) by James Newitt that explores relationships between psychology and the body. The film questions what human behaviours are imitated, fabricated, real or subconscious and if there is a difference between these behaviours.
James Newitt worked with Portuguese choreographer Miguel Pereira, an actor, a group of dancers and a psychoanalyst who specialises in movement therapy to explore an intense process of repetition, exhaustion and manipulation which is at times confronting, humorous and profound.
‘The Rehearsal’ weaves together a series of interrelated scenarios which occur within a theatrical context but without a visible audience. As the scenarios unfold, a sense of fatigue becomes evident and the façade of each ‘performance’ ruptures. ‘The Rehearsal’ is a film that exposes its own fictional construction by progressively deconstructing the elements that compose it.
James Newitt was born in Hobart, Tasmania in 1981. He is an artist and educator and lectures in Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania. James’ work explores specific social and cultural relations, often embracing mutability and paradox.
James’ has exhibited extensively in group and solo exhibitions throughout Australia and Europe. He has been awarded international studio residencies in Los Angeles and Liverpool, UK through the Australia Council for the Arts. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Samstag Scholarship to participate in the Maumaus Independent Study Program in Lisbon. In 2010 he won the City of Hobart Art Prize and in 2009 he was awarded the Qantas Foundation, Encouragement of Contemporary Art Award.
He currently lives in Lisbon, Portugal.