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.
Mirror Image is a joined production by Mirramu Dance Company (Australia), Dancecology (Taiwan) and DPAC Dance Company (Malaysia). In July the collaborators from all 3 companies came together for 2 weeks in Taiwan, and 1 in Malaysia. In Taiwan we performed at the Experimental Theatre in the National Theatre complex, and in Malasiaat Damansara Performing Arts Centre.
In both countries, but especially in Taiwan, we received such a heartwarming response to the work. Audience members very willingly and openly shared how they connected both to the themes of the work and the dance. In one post-show forum a woman even started to sing a song of gratitude!
The Taipei program note features a beautiful quote by Elizabeth Cameron Dalman of Mirramu Dance Company:
When we dance, we let the light inside our body flow out.
When we dance with nature, we let the light flow into our body.
Capture the very moment when the two lights become one – the most powerful reflection.
OVERWORLD happened in its full glory at the magnificient venue The Substation in May. We performed 8 shows in 10 days as part of Next Wave Festival 2014.
It was definitely one of the craziest shows I have ever performed in but also one of the most rewarding. Three months later some of the moments that have stayed with me most strongly are:
The queues of ‘Earth signs’ lined up in front of me in anticipation for their individual ‘treatment’.
The nerves before hitting the first vocal note of the show.
The pre-show ritual of laying all items in their carefully constructed spatial arrangement.
The audible reactions of audience members in the section dedicated to a mash up of Youtube clips
🙂 🙂 🙂
OVERWORLD will be performed again in Melbourne at Dance Massive, March 2015!!!
Click here to go to the trailer on Vimeo.
Choreographed by Rebecca Jensen and Sarah Aiken
Performers: Janine Proost, Rachel Coulson, Rebecca Jensen, Sarah Aiken
Design: Rose Connors Dance
Sound: Andras Fox
Images: Gregory Lorenzutti
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. 🙂
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
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. ♥