This July Performance Space and Critical Path will join forces to support a new dance residency project. Taree Sansbury will be hosted by our partner organisations, Creative Practice Lab, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW and Campbelltown Arts Centre to develop her new performance work mi:wi.
Taree will use this residency to investigate the simplicity and implications of physically weaving materials, and what is revealed from the practice of a tradition passed on through thousands of years to this present day, as well as how these temporalities might be embodied. The work explores mi:wi as a concept; a word meaning ‘innards’ or ‘an inner spirit’ passed down through mothers since the time of creation. Her work will intertwine contemporary Indigenous dance techniques and the traditional practice of weaving from the Ngarrindjeri people of South Australia. Taree will develop choreographic material for three performers that brings together text, video, and movement. Through this work Taree hope to find new ways of thinking about Aboriginal dance.
Taree Sansbury is an emerging freelance artist and NAISDA Dance College graduate. She is a proud Kaurna, Narungga and Ngarrindjeri woman from South Australia. In her short time as a freelance artist Taree has worked with some of Sydney’s highly acclaimed independent makers such as Vicki Van Hout Long Grass, Victoria Hunt Tangi Wai and Thomas E. S. Kelly [MIS]CONCEIVE and has also worked with companies such as Force Majeure and Branch Nebula. More recently Taree performed in Martin Del Amo’s latest work Champions in the 2017 Sydney Festival.
Taree Sansbury is developing a dance theatre work:mi:wi. It has been commissioned by Next Wave as part of their Kickstart Helix program. This development is supported by Performance Space with the Creative Practice Lab, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW, and Critical Path with Campbelltown Arts Centre.
Performance Space and UNSW Creative Practice Lab are partnering to support the development of a new solo performance work by Justin Shoulder.
Occupying Io Myers studio for the month of June, Shoulder’s work-in-progress evokes a post-apocalyptic landscape rife with decay, where the human and the android have merged for survival. Carrion uses the performance space as an archaeological site to uncover queered and Filipino ancestral mythologies, and imagine multiple futures that transcend the dystopic/utopic binary of the anthropocene.
Emerging from extended collaboration and training with celebrated choreographer Victoria Hunt (Tangi Wai, Liveworks 2015), Shoulder has devised an articulated gestural language for Carrion using BodyWeather methodologies to strengthen his performance practice. This residency will focus on further developing the choreography of the work, as well as integrating the immersive light and visual design of Ben Cisterne into the performance. A score will accompany Carrion’s movement vocabulary from composer Corin Ileto and costume by Matthew Stegh fusing the human and bionic.
Justin Shoulder has been working in performance, installation and queer nightlife events production for the past nine-years. He considers his practice to be a part of a queer ecology co-creating both the spaces for performative expression as well as the figures that inhabit these spaces with his collective The Glitter Militia. Over this time Shoulder has created a family of performance figures called The Fantastic Creatures drawing from the universal storytelling form of the mythical creature. Each creature he has birthed is realised through the construction of full-body highly sculptural avatars and animated by their respective gestural vocabularies. They inhabit nightclubs, theatres, galleries and the street, as well as screen based and virtual spaces.
Victoria Hunt is a Sydney-based dancer, choreographer and teacher. Her tribal affiliations are to Te Arawa, Rongowhaakata, Kahungunu Maori, English and Irish. She is a founding member of De Quincey Co since 1999; guest performer with Mau Company (NZ); and co-curator of The Weather Exchange. Since 2003 Victoria has created a body of solo performance work in collaboration with other interdisciplinary artists. Copper Promises: Hinemihi Haka premiered at Performance Space in 2012, was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Female Performer in Dance and toured to the UK and Canada. Tangi Wai…the cry of water premiered in Performance Space’s 2015 Liveworks festival.
Supported by Creative Practice Lab, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW
Thanks to all the artists, facilitators and partners involved in the Queer Development Program for 2017.
In case you missed out, we’ve put the documentation from Queer Nu Werk up on our Facebook for everyone to enjoy! Feat your eyes on the big, sweaty, queer extravaganza we hosted at PACT and tag those familiar faces in the crowd. We’ve also included a couple of sneaky behind-the-scenes moments from the workshops week where our lucky performers spent time with Pspace family Victoria Spence, Chris Ryan, Brooke Stamp, Bhenji Ra, Emma Price, Frances Barrett, Nat Randall and Julie-Anne Long – learning nu creative methodologies to help then make even more nu werk!
Lastly here is a few beautiful words from some of the participating artists on their experience with the program.
“As a regionally-based emerging queer artist, I found the Stephen Cummins Queer Development Program to be an exceptional professional development opportunity, exposing me to fresh and exciting ideas around creating new work and enabling me to work with an amazing array of artistic talent – both in terms of the facilitators and my fellow workshop participants.
The selection committee did a stellar job of curating an incredibly diverse group of artists, from a wide range of backgrounds, ages and experiences, which made the cross-pollination of ideas throughout the week vibrant, exciting and dynamic. My fellow werq-shoppers were not only interesting and talented, but also genuinely lovely human beings to boot – a wonderful bunch to work with”!
– Rachel Scollay
“Every workshop allowed me to extend myself and expand my thinking in regards to my practice. From creative thinking, problem solving, new theoretical approaches and thrusting me out of my comfort zone I gained many new skills and tools during the week. I also gained so much from the time spent with my fellow participants, the opportunity to learn and absorb from each other was invigorating”.
Spirit of Things: Sound of Objects
Wednesday 10 May 2017 8pm
Melbourne Recital Hall
Performance Space is thrilled to announce that Spirit of Things: Sound of Objects will tour to Melbourne for the Yirramboi Festival in May 2017. Making its premiere at Liveworks 2016 Spirit of Things: Sound of Objects is the first full-length theatre work by Indigenous musical duo Stiff Gins (Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs).
Performance Space and Critical Path are thrilled to announce that Atlanta Eke is the recipient of our Experimental Choreographic Residency for 2017 for her new work The Tennis Piece (Working Title).
Atlanta will use the three-week residency to explore new choreographic material for a solo dancer that studies the relationship between human movement and mechanical inventions throughout history. She will consider the fraught relationship between technological advancement and the growing obsolescence of the human body as a technology for movement production.
Atlanta will be joined by composer Daniel Jenatsch and technologists Ready Steady Studio (Hana Miller and Jacob Perkins) to collaborate on a choreographic experiment that will see a collection of programmed tennis ball machines and a robotic lute working together in co-operation and chaos, slowly subsuming the presence of the dancing body. The three-week development will utilise the principles of game theory to structure the movements of the dancer, the machines, and their relationship to one another.
Atlanta Eke lives and works in Melbourne. Her work as a dancer and choreographer is concerned with dissolving pre-existing perceptions and expectations by changing fixed representations of the body through movement. She works with and beyond the limitations of the body, in collaboration with fellow dancers and visual and sound artists in variety of contexts. Her work with dance is currently project specific, within each project a question for the next arises, along side an effort to deconstruct the modes of production and presentation of the previous work. Atlanta questions the political and temporal implications of positioning performance in theatrical and exhibition spaces and timeframes, she is currently interested in working on the format of the exhibition as a resource for dance and choreography as well as developing hybrid transitional spaces for crafting new cultural rituals.
Performance Space and Critical Path Present
Experimental Choreographic Residency 2017
23 May – 9 June
Performance Space, in association with PACT, Centre for Emerging Artists are pleased to announce that the 2017 residency artist will be KoCo Carey. KoCo is a Western Sydney based ‘fakaleiti’ artist, with a movement-based practice focusing on queer belonging and cultural performativity. Her work investigates personal experience, from her cultural heritage as a Tongan and Maori ‘Fakaleiti’ person and her identity as a trans non-binary identity living and growing up in suburban Sydney.
She will be mentored by performance artist Latai Taumoepeau and the residency project will investigate traditional Tongan hulas and their intersection with the queer body.
Our Queer Development Program kicks off this March at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists and we want to share the work that will be generated over this three-week initiative.
As well as supporting a residency for KoCo, we will host 15 artists to undertake a ‘workshop intensive’ designed to develop their performance skills and generate new performance material by working with experienced performance artists.
You are invited to our open studio featuring performances by KoCo, the workshop participants, guest DJS and surprise headliners. All funds go towards the continuation of the program in 2018 and will support the development of more nu queer werk!
It is with teary eyes and sad hearts that we farewell two of the wonderful Performance Space team.
Skye Kunstelj, our former Program Producer has gone on to larger things at Sydney Theatre Company taking up the role of Associate Producer. Skye joined Performance Space in 2015, bringing an enthusiasm for experimental theatre and 12:30pm lunches that will be sorely missed. Her legacy will be the wonderful works she has produced with us for Sue Healey, Stiff Gins, Mish Grigor, River Lin and Leisel Zink (to name a few) and taking the reigns of our residential residency programs Nula Nura and Liveworks Lab.
Production Manager Jack Horton is also leaving us for the breezy climes of San Francisco. Jack joined Performance Space in 2016 to lead us through the tumult of Liveworks, building bathhouses, suspending conveyor belts and meeting the diverse challenges of experimental art with unflappable resolve. He’ll be missed for his way with projectors and 3D drawings so outrageously good we nearly exhibited them.