Igneous grew out of the collaboration, beginning in India in 1993, between Australian dancer-choreographer James Cunningham & Belgian-born director-choreographer-photographer-multimedia artist Suzon Fuks.
Their early works included videodance, documentary photography and, after a move to Sydney, short stage performances that combined dance with projected media. Body in Question (1999) was Igneous’ first evening-length show, which toured in Australia and Europe.
A relocation to regional NSW enabled them to develop community relationships, and with The Hands Project, branch into new processes of site-responsivity, audience participation, and age-, ability-, and cultural-diversity.
An Asialink residency in South India introduced James and Suzon to the grounding, rythmic and fluid traditional martial artform Kalarippayattu, the basic forms of which they adopted into their daily physical practise.
During a residency at Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for the Live Arts, they developed a serial installation performance that unfolded over seven nights in various locations throughout the historic site.
International residencies and tours enabled them to meet collaborating artists and form co-productions, including Liquid Skin with Figuren Theatre Tubingen for Theatre der Welt (Theatre of the World) Festival 2005.
Their interest in alternative use of spaces, the distribution of media and audience engagement led to them researching networked performance and developing their practise online.