Spend the afternoon with an award winning set and costume designer.
Michael Pearce is a Melbourne based theatre set and costume designer, visual artist and occasional performer, designing for dance, drama and opera companies in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia. His design credits include Nederlands Dans Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Australian Dance Theatre, Sydney Dance Company, MTC and The New Zealand Ballet.
Michael has designed nine works for The Australian Ballet, winning three Green Room Awards for Best Dance design, and is a frequent collaborator with The Australian Ballet's resident choreographer Stephen Baynes, including Constant Variants (part of AB’s VERVE program seen in Melbourne in 2018 and in Sydney April 2019). Another of their work, Unspoken Dialogues, will feature as part of The Australian Ballet’s New York season in May 2019.
Michael exhibits his pastel works on paper in Australia and Asia and will be exhibiting at fortyfive downstairs gallery on 30 April this year. The exhibition is entitled Unfolding, as the drawings introduce folding and embossing of the paper. This idea arose whilst making the design model for Constant Variants . A sense of movement has always been the linking element in both Michael’s dance design and art practice.
Another strong influence in his work has been his many collaborations, exhibitions and residencies in Vietnam and Hong Kong. This has been reflected in his three previous exhibitions at fortyfive downstairs.