Stephen Cummins Bequest: Queer Residency Program is currently underway. Melbourne-based dancer, James Andrews is exploring experimental performance making, supported by mentor Victoria Hunt at Performance Space in partnership with PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, March 23-27.
A night of creative collaborations between the incredible, never to be defeated power house that is Kusum Normoyle, the body-weather, mind-spirit mobiliser that is Victoria Hunt and your friendly neighbourhood kinetic sound sculpuralist Clayton Thomas on double bass.
We invite you cordially. 7pm Thursday April 9, 2015
Verge Gallery | Jane Foss Russell Plaza | Sydney University, City Road, Sydney
Victoria Hunt – Critical Path Investigate/Extend Responsive Residency 2015
April 6 – May 1, 2015
TANGI (Weeping Waters) explores the transformative qualities of light, water, incantations and embodiment to enunciate the rare and precious nature of culturally significant “objects”, suspended in foreign collections and museums. TANGI brings together an ensemble of artists to celebrate our past, present and future: and to re-inscribe mythologies for our times.
Collaborators are Boris Bagattini (video, installation & light), Fausto Brusamolino (light & installation), James Brown (sound composition), cultural advisors Aroha Yates-Smith, Paul Tapsell (Te Arawa) and Richard Green (Darug nation) as well as a first time collaboration between Victoria and Kristina Chan (dancer). The aim is to explore the unattainable in creative work, the unchallenged and culturally sacred.
REPENTANCE CREEK INTENSIVE
GROUNDBODY – above and below
This 3-day Intensive Workshop will explore a series of transformative bodies emerging from Victoria’s significant performance work guided by principles in the traditions of BodyWeather and Butoh.
The training will introduce a daily bodily practice of MB (mind/body, muscle/bone), Manipulations and GroundWork to encourage a thorough re-examination of the body, mind and imagination.
Tapping into the ever-shifting present, a range of highly specific exercises and provocations invite participants to delve into and shape a range of different elements and beings.
VENUE: Repentance Creek Hall, Repentance Creek, Byron Bay Hinterland NSW
COSTS: Early Bird by 1 Feb $120; Full Rate: $150
INFO: contact Virginia Barrett
BODYWEATHER SATURDAY SESSIONS 2015 – Sydney
SATURDAYS | 10-12 midday
commencing 14 FEBRUARY
Redfern Community Centre performance space
This will be the first of 4 six-week blocks during 2015. The 2 hour sessions involve self-led training monitored by a core group of BodyWeather practitioners. This first series is only open to those who have previously attended BodyWeather training and workshops.
Later in the year sessions may be open to other participants. Details will be announced closer to the date.
For further enquiries please contact Victoria Hunt | firstname.lastname@example.org
AUCKLAND – Daily Morning Training
led by VICTORIA HUNT
hosted by ATAMIRA DANCE COMPANY.
If you are in Auckland then join these open classes! Over the four days this workshop will explore the imagination and sensory possibilities of the body.
Victoria is in Auckland to collaborate with Atamira’s founding member Jack Gray in the deelopment of his first full length work.
DATES: 2 – 5 February
TIME: 10.am – 12.pm each day
VENUE: Corban Estate Arts Centre, Shed 1
COST: $80.00 full week or $30 per session
For more information & to register go to the event Facebook page HERE
A durational gallery performance installation.
RealTime Review #65, Liz Bradshaw:
The fifth exhibit—‘live’ performers encased to their shoulders in plinths—is startlingly visceral. Representational and individual at the same time, they implicate the viewer in the colonial gaze and in the construction of identity and representation as an always-political act. Hunt and Fuata re-made themselves as bodies simultaneously of the past and the present, subjected to the objectification and ‘othering’ of exercises of power.
This inspired critique of anthropology and history lays bare the falsified objectivity that is not only an historical violence, but a personal encounter. Profoundly affecting, the work speaks of the reality of an embodied, internalised gaze through living, breathing portraits. It distills the real, the image and our ideas of representation, and quietly demonstrates why really good performance work is so powerful.
I was fortunate to see the performance during which Hunt cried, her tears leaving a wet trail on her cheek: a deeply moving moment that in turn brought tears to my eyes. It would be significant to see this work re-staged somewhere like the Museum of Sydney. It was a terrific show—I hope you saw it.
A durational gallery performance which critiques the gaze between the subject and object and references colonialist practices in museum collections. Physically, it consists of the performer as a ‘live bust’, a living exhibit.
Drawing by Rena Czaplinska-Archer
“The dancer doesn’t dancer for herself but to revive something very large” – Kazuo Ohno
Victoria Hunt will lead image-based movement explorations emphasising the notion of surrendering ones body and imagination to the interplay between the hidden and the concrete. To do this, we train our perceptions within our bodies and urge forces and entities to arise in the space between us. It is a playful investigation that encourages co-existence, emphasising independence in tandem with the collective. The invitation is to non-professional movement enthusiasts, artists, actors, musicians, students, architects, academics and dance professionals.
In 2013 FORCE MAJEURE brought together a diverse and talented group of emerging Australian directors, choreographers and dancers for Cultivate, a creative lab that gave participants the opportunity to experiment, risk, develop and create within a well facilitated and supportive environment.
This same group reunite in 2014 for Culminate, where they will present dance theatre works-in-development in a series of showings at Carriageworks. This is a unique opportunity to witness the nascent development of new work and become part of the artistic process in an open studio environment.
Directors/Choreographers – Victoria Hunt, Jason Pitt & Ghenoa Gela
Performers – Sophia Ndaba Melinda Tyquin, Paea Leach, Phillip Jenkins, Samantha Williams, Taree Sansbury, Bhenjamin Radburn, Carl Sciberras, Gregory Lorenzutti
Experience some of Australia’s brightest emerging choreographers as they present their newest ideas in the midst of development via a diverse ensemble of gifted dancers.
Dates & Times: 13 – 16 August, 6pm
Location: Track 8, Carriageworks
Bookings: Performance Space