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Lilian Steiner and Emile Zile: ‘Becoming The Icon’

'Becoming The Icon' featuring Lilian Steiner and Emile Zile. Photo by James Wright.
'Becoming The Icon' featuring Lilian Steiner and Emile Zile. Photo by James Wright.

On 19 August, Becoming The Icon, the final commission for BLEED (Biennial Live Event in the Everyday Digital), will premiere. Becoming The Icon is a collaboration between choreographer and dancer (Lilian Steiner) and filmmaker and performer (Emile Zile), who feature in the film that looks at gesture, in particular how the body is the only way to read someone and their intentions. 

There is growing global interest that assess the body language within communication, and it is believed that people in a position of power may never tell the truth with all their spin and their gestures are the only way to read them. 

'Becoming The Icon' featuring Lilian Steiner and Emile Zile. Photo by James Wright.
‘Becoming The Icon’ featuring Lilian Steiner and Emile Zile. Photo by James Wright.

Becoming The Icon is a film in which the language of power manifests in familiar yet uncanny ways. Echoing the rhythms of political speech and gesture, Steiner and Zile reveal the ways in which truth and conviction are more than abstract concepts, instead finding surprising roots in our embodied experience. As debate and propaganda, intimidation and manipulation are all played out through posture, stance and gesture, the secret vocabulary of power is made apparent. Both intimate and distanced, Becoming The Icon invites you into a seductive realm with a hidden agenda. 

There will be a Curatorial Digest artist talk on 17 August, and then Becoming The Icon will premiere on 19 August, at 7pm, and run through 30 August, as part of BLEED. 

BLEED is a new 10-week digital festival presented away from gatherings in auditoriums and conceived pre-COVID-19 by Arts House (Melbourne) and Campbelltown Arts Centre (Sydney). BLEED has interrogated how Australian performance can be co-created with residencies, research and presentations as they seek to understand, stretch and respond to our digital existence and experience. 

For more information on BLEED and Becoming The Icon, visit bleedonline.net/program/becoming-the-icon/.

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