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Contact High 2024: Dance, dance

18 January -
18 January 2024

Gertrude Contemporary

21-31 High Street, Preston South

Contact High returns to Gertrude this January for one night only.

Performance Night: 5:30-8:00pm, Thursday 18 January at Gertrude, Preston. 

This iteration of Contact High, subtitled Dance, dance features performances by: Sarah Aiken, Mara Galagher with Andrea Illés and Nelly Clifton, and Harrison Ritchie-Jones.

Contact High 2024: Dance, dance responds to the increased presence of dance in the visual arts, and is both a celebration of and critical engagement with this medium.

Performance Schedule

6:00-6:25pm - Harrison Ritchie-Jones, Cold Tooth, 2024
6:35-7:00pm - Mara Galagher with Andrea Illés and Nelly Clifton, unnamed work, 2024
7:05-7:30pm - Sarah Aiken, Body Corp (iteration no.4), 2024

Piloted in 2022, Contact High is a three-year partnership between Gertrude and Performance Review exploring the transference that occurs between performers and audiences in the gallery.

For the month of January, these three artists have been given full access to Gertrude’s galleries to develop, rehearse and workshop new and existing performance works. This period of experimentation will culminate in a public presentation on Thursday 18 January.

Due to the overwhelming audience response to previous editions of Contact High, this year’s performance night will be held at Gertrude, Preston, located at 21-31 High Street.   


  • Sarah Aiken
  • Mara Galagher
  • Harrison Ritchie-Jones

Design: New Association

Performance Review is a Naarm-based platform for critical and creative engagement with performance art. 

Contact High is curated by Performance Review's director Anador Walsh.

Image: Harrison Ritchie-Jones with performer Michaela Tancheff, Cuddle, 2023. Photo: Prue Stent.

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