Photo by Barbie Robinson
I have recently returned from 7 weeks at Mirramu Creative Arts Centre on Lake George in regional NSW. During that time I performed in 8 (yes!) seperate productions, most with Mirramu Dance Company but also some independent work in Canberra.
In the coming week I will upload more photos of the projects I have been involved in. The photo in this post is of the site-specific performance ‘disAPPEARance’ by Mirramu Dance Company in collaboration with Dancecology from Taiwan and JS Wong from Malaysia. It has been incredibly rewarding to work so closely with those international artists and I am excited about our ASIA TOUR starting in June this year!
The beginning of 2014 saw a beautiful new thing happen!!! I facilitated the first series of Smooth Moves: morning yoga and raw smoothie at Shoku Iku cafe in Westgarth.
It has been amazingly fulfilling to share yoga with people in a way that feels true to me and inspires me. Shoku Iku is one of my favourite cafes in the world. Yoko’s (the owner) passion for honest, raw, ethical, super tasty nutrient-packed food is contagious! So the idea of running a yoga class there followed by a raw smoothie came naturally. These Monday morning session have been a beautiful, grounding way to start the week with 90min for our internal space and then 30min or so for enjoying the company of the other yogi(ni)s and of course the delicious smoothies.
I am humbled by the beautiful feedback I’ve received and the class being chock-a-block for a couple of the sessions. There will definitely be another series starting soon, most likely in April!
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Our final 3 week development is behind us and Overworld has become a piece. Next time we meet (in April) we’ll be in our performance venue (Substation in Newport) for a few more rehearsals before production week. Very exciting!!!
Opening night is on APRIL 30th for a 9 show season as part of the Next Wave Festival — mark your diaries!
Image by Eliza Dyball
Some snaps from the tech and dress runs of No Place. As performer it was a highly sensorial, imaginative and intricate experience, stemming from a long process of improvisations and visualisations.
Follow this link for a review (description) of the work.
All photos by Lorna Sim. Choreography Adelina Larsson, Video Sarah Kaur, Installation Christiane Nowak, Sound Shoeb Ahmad
I am in Canberra at the moment rehearsing for No Place, an interdisciplinary project directed by Adelina Larsson.
Each morning I step out onto the balcony surrounded by lush gardens and enjoy a brief meditation as the sun rises higher in the sky. It’s such a great way to start the day calm, grounded and grateful.
Thanks comfy red blanket, thanks birdies, thanks sunshine, thanks birch trees, and thanks cup of tea that’s waiting for me inside!
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).
When I started this blog I did so with the vision to blend my so-called professional and personal lives in one online space, just as they can’t be separated anymore IRL. But after a couple of months of sporadic blogging it jumps out to me that I have still only mentioned my professional endeavours. As if to say a bit of self-promotion is all worth doing here. That was exactly not my plan!
So. Let’s rectify our mistakes.
I watched the documentary Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds this week – 100% recommended watching, it’s free if you follow the link. One of the many things this movie illuminates is the role of thought in our lives nowadays and what we are really getting out of so much thinking. The idea that we can solve problems by thinking up solutions, whereas perhaps with each new thought our minds actually create a new problem.
This idea of Too Much Thinking keeps popping up for me, in my awareness of everyday behaviours, in my yoga practice, and in practical research for POTENTIAL, a dance project I am working on. During many years of dance training and as an independent dance artist, I aspired to be good at thinking, thinking hard and then vocalising those thoughts intelligently. Perhaps even up to two years ago I believed that the more questions you can come up with as an artist, the more interesting you are. Isn’t it nice to feel you’re such a product of your society. And really, I still am. I so am a child of my time. My society is ready for change and so am I. I am bored of intelligent sounding or looking art, people, places – I want to be, to feel, to experience and I am not alone in that. Let’s add some heart back into this brainy place.
Earlier this year I was part of a collaboration between Mirramu Dance Company and a group of indigenous dancers/musicians from Arnhem Land. And now again I see how true it is that not all cultures have gone the way of favouring the analytical mind over anything else. Our collaborators seemed to have no need for (what I’m used to calling) in-depth discussions about the nature of the collaboration, about what works and what doesn’t and what their thoughts are on any and all issues related to the project. Mostly they just knew what they wanted and communicated that. Now looking back, I still feel inspired by how ‘good’ they were at simply being. I have memories of sitting together and instead of analysing the day or gossiping we were ‘just’ being present, sharing some snacks, sharing a story and enjoying the world around us, and within us.
I am inspired to meditate more and trust my intuition to make decisions in life.
Let’s live from the heart and give that brain a bit of a break. ♥