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
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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. 🙂
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
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).