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Posted on April 21, 2013 in Curatorial.

Workout is a one-week series of performances in the MCA’s Level 1 North Gallery, developed over a short period of time using everyday materials and a range of experimental and improvisational processes. Monday’s performance is by Sydney-based artist DAVID CAPRA.

How would you describe your performance in Workout?

An intercession. Intercession is often concerned with healing. I think it will be quite a personal intercession; one accompanied by motifs from 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. I have been a member of the International Wizard of Oz Club since I was quite small and my work will be reimagining the throne room from the film. It has been quite satisfying recreating props so familiar to me from an early age. I feel they have gone far beyond imagery from a film and transformed into my own prophetic symbols.

In what ways is your performance a work out?

I expect the day will be quite exhaustive. A day where I come face to face with lofty ideas that I have passed through my mind when making much of these props.

It will also be a workout for Teena, my 2-year-old dachshund, who will be appearing in my work. She will however be getting plenty of rest in her bed and snacks in between. Teena has become an emblem of answered prayer within my work.

How do you envisage the audience engaging with your work? Is there audience participation?

I think I prefer to leave it a surprise; my work is very much fueled by impressions, inklings and the moment. So, it will be a surprise to me also.

How do you approach transforming the MCA’s new Level 1 North Gallery in one day?

There will be a throne, banners, a Cowardly Lion gown, emeralds gemstones and Prayers for a Sausage Dog – a twirling topsy turvy sculptural piece.

Will you have an online presence allowing the audience outside the Museum to follow your performance?

I tend to favour craft over technology, so not this time!

How can people find out more about you?

You might enjoy an interview I did with my friend Ivan Ruhle.

Or an article by J.D. Reforma.

And this, with Lisa Lerkenfeldt.

David Capra’s performance runs Monday 22 April 2013 from 10am to 5pm in the MCA’s Level 1 North Gallery.

For more on Workout, visit the webpage

Posted by Kelly Stone


David Capra
A Discussion on Intercessory and Prophetic Dance 2011
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Nightime #13, Performance Space, Sydney
Image courtesy and © the artist
Photograph: Lucy Parakhina


David Capra
Intercession (Newcastle Pools) 2012
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Image courtesy and © the artist
Photograph: Giselle Stanborough