Josie Archer + Kosta Bogoievski
Josie is a freelance performer, dancer, and choreographer from Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa NZ. She has a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts, majoring in contemporary dance from Unitec Institute of Technology (2014). Since graduating she has had the opportunity to live and work throughout NZ, USA, Europe, and Asia. She has presented work as an artist in Experimental Dance Week Aotearoa, Performance Art Week Aotearoa, Festival of Transitional Architecture, NZ Fringe Festival, Auckland Fringe Festival, Tempo Dance Festival and Asia Tree New Wave Festival. She often collaborates with her partner Kosta Bogoievski. Their projects together include: ‘Dance Danced Dancing’ (awarded Best Dance of Auckland Fringe 2018), ‘Pedestrian Guiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiidance’ and ‘Josie and Kosta’s Dance Show’. Her solo work ‘Josie’s Solo’ was awarded Best Dance of Auckland Fringe in 2017. She has been an artist in residence at SpaceVac in Seoul (South Korea), Healing Hills Art collective in Morni Hills (India), and The Physics Room in Christchurch (NZ). She has performed for artists such as Olive Bieringa (NZ/US), Douglas Wright, Julia Harvie, David Huggins, Michael Parmenter, Zahra Killeen Chance, Jennifer Lacey and Wally Cardona (New York), and Christine Bonansea (Berlin).
Kosta works on dance, performance art, and writing, usually in Aotearoa. He graduated from Unitec Institute of Technology with a Bachelor in Performing and Screen Arts (majoring in Contemporary Dance). He has performed nationally and internationally with a number of companies and independent artists namely, The BodyCartography Project (NZ, San Francisco, Oslo) and Jennifer Lacey and Wally Cardona (NYC). A couple of years ago he beat the celebrated choreographer’s push-up record during a performance in the latest restaging of Michael Parmenter’s Insolent River, a whopping 123 consecutive push-ups!
A roaming dance intervention with the performers wearing red jumpsuits and chest rigs equipped with retractable 'tensa-barrier' belts: the ones that you weave through at the airport. When fully extended these belts read ‘work in progress’. By attaching to each other and other structures they are able to extend the belts to create passageways, obstacles, and zones. The artists become facetious images of authoritative figures, signs of infrastructure, or caricature technicians. They busy themselves with dance and other gadgets such as torches and portable speakers to create an abstracted sense of festival engagement for the audience.
Supported by Wellington City Council Public Art Fund