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
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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. 🙂
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