POTENTIAL had a 6-night season at Northcote Town Hall during Melbourne Fringe Festival in October.
Perhaps some day I will write about the experience but not yet. For now some photos, a video, and other people’s words for you.
If you have seen the work and would like to leave a comment please do! 🙂
“From the shiny gold costumes through to the smattering of pieces of ‘heart’ all over the floor, this is a show of surreal inquisitiveness that is intent on expressing that which we often find inexpressible. To this end, Potential undoubtedly delivers.”
Nithya Iyer (MelbArtFash)
“moves beyond the acrobatic potential of the body and engages in an experience of the body in all its possibilities”
“60 minutes of dance and yoga that will leave you pleasingly puzzled”
“I’m very excited to see what Proost comes up with next and will be first in line to see it.”
Caitlin McGrane (theatrepress)
Check out a 7 min excerpt on Vimeo here
All photos by Pippa Dodds.
In August I took part in a one-week ‘lab’ for choreographers in Canberra with choreographer Nat Cursio in the role of provocateur. It was extraordinary!
I used the time to work on POTENTIAL in a focused away-from-home setting and I am super pleased with the results. Feeling full of refined ideas, new ideas, and new connections before heading into to the studio with the dancers for a final three weeks of creative work leading up to the premiere season at Melbourne Fringe Festival. Exciting!!!
Photos above by Lorna Sim. Pictured are myself and amazing choreographer/performer/friend Adelina Larsson who is the artistic director of Strange Attractor Dance.
Together with two of my favourite friends/colleagues Natalie Abbott and Amelia McQueen I presented new interdisciplinary dance performance ELEVATE at You Are Here Festival in Canberra.
This is our program note:
Elevate lifts you up, shakes you up a little, and leaves you wondering whether yesterday’s normal could be tomorrow’s insane. This interactive dance performance stretches the space of social expectations through tactile exchange and shifting modes of interaction. The three performers meet you with their toolkit of subtle – and if you’re up for it, less subtle – methods to unlock physical boundaries, expand your perception of reality, and create a greater sense of connection.
It was an exciting and heartwarming experience with lots of ‘being in the moment’ and tuning in to what the work needed to stay engaging. I like this paragraph in Kelly Beneforti’s review:
“As each new relationship between audience and performers is negotiated, the boundaries of exchange become elastic, as no one holds complete control over the performance. All are invested and vulnerable in the same moment. Abbott, Proost and McQueen use their bodies, voices, costumes, the space, and each other to deal with this fluid territory, encompassing everything from literal to theatrical to inexplicable physicalised translations of the experience at hand.”
“For one night only Elevate was like being inside a live and non-repeatable experiment where together we were simultaneously the content and the results.”
For full review follow this link:
All photos by Lorna Sim
Full album: https://www.facebook.com/sim.camera.art/media_set?set=a.10151964800197097.1073741826.680417096&type=3
On March 15th 2014 I performed a solo installation titled ‘Somewhere between my breasts’ at Sound and Fury in New Acton, Canberra. It was a chance to experiment with some ideas for my new full-length work ‘POTENTIAL’, adapted for solo performance and a party context.
Vintage 1960s Australian Dance Theatre golden unitard courtesy of Elizabeth Cameron Dalman. 🙂
A mini snippet of what we’ve been playing with in rehearsals this week. With Natalie Abbott, Rebecca Jensen and Amelia McQueen (not in video).
A couple of photos from a 5 minute solo experimenting with some ideas for a Moon Dance. Looking at cycles, femininity, metaphor, relationships with an object, audience participation in ritual.
Performed at Gathering Storm Concert in Bungendore NSW, produced by Mirramu Creative Arts Centre. March 2013.
Photo: Mikel Uribetxeberria (http://www.mikeluribetxeberria.com)
Project in the pipelines..
Humans are little walking animals. When the city is their nest we call them ‘Urban Animals’.
Become present to what meaning the term ‘Urban Animal’ has for you. Place equal weight on both words.
When does this term apply to you? Describe your actions/thoughts/feelings/sensations/situation/context. (delete what’s not relevant)
Responses most welcome via this blog, email, Facebook or in person.