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on the edge…

Back in the studio with the crew working on Precipice. Rachel is working us hard again, and I have come to expect nothing less from her. Each day starts with her technique class, sharing the studio with other Perth dancers, followed by a session of David Zambrano’s Passing Through technique (read: lots of running!) to build on our group awareness and dynamic, and then into some hard core partnering work until lunch. The boys are working hard; lifting us, carrying us, lowering us, spinning us – generally being really awesome and doing all the muscle work! And Rachel’s faith in us all as dancers is really encouraging. Each day I question whether I can do everything she is throwing at me, but her confidence in me makes me determined to get there.

This process is unlike most I have been a part of before, in that Rachel doesn’t set us tasks to create the movement material, but comes in each day with a starting point and crafts the work from there. We work slowly and carefully, piecing the work together gradually, only having to making small changes when we revisit things the following day. Perfecting someone else’s movement style is tough – at first it doesn’t all connect – but Rachel moves in such a way that makes perfect sense once I overcome that first hurdle of “oh shit, how the hell do you do that?!”. The off-balance, suspension and redirection of momentum, and impossible turns are getting easier and more fluid. The feeling of satisfaction when you finally nail those things which were initially so challenging is immense.

This work is difficult, challenging me physically and technically at every turn. I’m tired, sore, my feet are blistered and I’m mentally drained at the end of each day. But we dancers are a crazy bunch, we somehow still love what we do despite all this. And of course, I feely incredibly lucky to be working on this project alongside four of my closest peers, who are constantly inspiring me and pushing me to be better through their all around amazingness… thanks Niggy, Rooney, Manny and Linny

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Collection of Choreography and Performances

Features of Habit

Now that I have a few weeks off following Personal Political Physical Challenge, I’ve had some time to dig out the link to my dance film, Features of Habit.  It was filmed on site at Il Circolo on Angove St, North Perth and features the awesome contributions of Patty Madden (Director) and George Capelas (Original Music Composition), in addition to my sensational dancers!

I was very fortunate to have such an amazing group of people to work with and I am certain the film would not have been selected for showing at the NexT International Film Festival and the Be Active Dance Week season without your awesome efforts!

Personally Politically and Physically Challenged

A huge thank you to everyone who came and saw the show and/or supported us through our Pozible campaign.  We were all thrilled to finish the season with a sold-out performance! Yay!

Looking forward to dancing with Ella-Rose Trew, Isabella Stone and Jenni Large in October!

Personal Political Physical Challenge – Update

A huge thank you to everyone who has made it along to the show so far.  There are still tickets available to the show, although it looks as though closing night may sell out so hurry if you’re looking to come along on Saturday!

Here are a few pics from the Hydra Poesis Facebook page.

 

 

A month long residency

For the next few weeks I get to hang out in the studio with some of my favourite people, making some cool dance moves, and showing them off to the public at the end of the month. Thanks to Claudia Alessi at The Chapel Space in Perth, Yilin, Tyrone and I are each making our own solo works, as well as a combining our talents to create a trio. I am lucky enough to be making my ‘solo’ with two other gorgeous creatures, Isabella and Ella-Rose, who will feature in the showing by way of film, seeing as they will be flitting around Europe when the performances take place. I would love nothing more than for you to join us in the studio when we show off what we have developed during the residency. In the meantime, I invite you to check out my progress through this blog, where I plan to post photos, short vids, and perhaps even a few words. Not always my own though, I want to share what is inspiring me during this process, not only what I am producing.