Collision - Choreographic Program 2011

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Lawns, Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts, Darwin

A showing of new dance works by young and emerging choreographers.

 

Welcome! In our town that bubbles over with talent, opportunities for young up and coming choreographers are few and far between. Saving them a move interstate, Tracks’ Choreographic Program offers a training ground for the development of emerging dance makers- this year the group includes: Aleisha Boyd, Melinda Christopher, Paul Coleman, Aaron Lim and Diana Macairan. After three months in the studio together, a vibrant sense of artistry, exploration and friendship has blossomed. The group has investigated diverse approaches to choreography, using imagination, creative writing, music, lighting, visual art, props, costumes and stories as inspiration for making dance. Solo dance pieces in outdoor sites around Frog Hollow - under trees, upon bench tops and down hallways - can be seen in Zoe Scoglio’s haunting dance film Charge.

Today’s showing promises to be a diverse feast of dance, celebrating individuality. Big ups to Abdulahi Isse who joined us to participate in the first half of the Choreographic Program, including dance film Charge (but was unable to complete the program due to work commitments.) Adulahi’s moves, ideas and wonderful positive energy were a great asset to the group. Hugest of high fives to Aleisha, Melinda, Paul, Aaron and Diana for all the laughs and your great work/insights in the studio. Yay! Thank you to our gorgeous guest dancers Darren, Maria and Arthur who have given their time generously. And thanks heaps to the lovely Joanna Noonan who contributed to Tracks 2011 Choreographic Program as guest facilitator. It has been a pleasure to work with you all, let’s continue conversing, collaborating and colliding!

Director’s Notes - Jess Devereux

Creative Personnel

Choreographic Program Concept – David McMicken and Tim Newth
Workshop Facilitator – Jess Devereux
Production Manager – Kelly Blumberg
Production Assistant – Josh Grant
Choreographers - Aleisha Boyd, Melinda Christopher, Paul Coleman, Aaron Lim and Diana Macairan
Dancers – Darren Edwards, Maria Ramilo, Arthur Gaye, Andy Lay
Dance Film Director – Zoe Scoglio

Choreographers

Melinda Christopher 19-year young white tiger, expresses her self through movement. You don’t have to get it, it just happens. Teal! Chocolate! Her superpower would be the ability to fly. Yum- lemon lime bitters. Theatrical, focused, energetic and social.
Diana Macairan 17-year young lion, dance is a getaway and an art that brings different people together, loves indie and RnB pop music, plus the colour purple. Is full of energy, happy and free. Yum- cookies + cream chillos and avocado smoothies, like dances that mix odd, sharp and curvy forms of hip-hop and contemporary dance. Is bubbly, considerate and dedicated.
Aaron Lim 18 year young monkey, dance is an expression/a language, likes punk rock, funk music and the colour purple, his superpower would be teleportation or levitation, is focused, likes his movement style to have flow, be intricate and to tell a story, calm-ish sometimes, down to earth and a thinker.
Aleisha Boyd 17 year young eagle, dance is life, it’s meaningful, it is a way of telling a story and expressing who you are, blue eyes, loves acoustic calm music, red vibrant and loud, vanilla and chocolate, her superpower would be invisibility, Yum - coca cola, surprising and outgoing.
Paul Coleman 19 year young lion, when he dances he feels relaxed and happy, it’s a feeling that is hard to express in words, heart beat, his superpower would be invisibility, dance means a lot to him, it is not some thing he does but is actually part of his nature, he breathes it, sweats it, lives it. Loves blue and white. Funny, funky, energetic and encouraging.
Guest Dancers: Darren Edwards, Maria Ramilo, Arthur Gaye and Andy Lay

Scenario

“CHARGE” dance film playing on a loop in the conference room cinema
Director/Sound: Zoe Scoglio
Dance Animateur: Jess Devereux
Composer/Music: Kris Keogh
Choreographers/Performers: Aleisha Boyd, Melinda Christopher, Paul Coleman, Aaron Lim, Diana Macairan and Abdulahi Isse

WELCOME
By David McMicken, Tim Newth and Jess Devereux

NON, JE NE REGRETTE RIEN (I DON’T REGRET A THING)
Choreographed by Melinda Christopher
A French love story, an old classic...
But things aren’t as they appear.
In a garden cafe, an innocent flirtation takes a turn for the worst.
Music: Edith Piaf, Moulin Rouge, Gonzales Feist & Dani.
Cast: Melinda Christopher, Aaron Lim

THE STORY
Choreographed by Aleisha Boyd
Peaceful. A true love story, close to the heart.
Humble beginnings at the fisherman’s wharf.
Music: Seekae
Cast: Aleisha Boyd, Darren Edwards

ALPHABET CUBE
A choreographic task explained by Diana, Melinda and Jess

MY JOURNEY INTO DANCE
Choreographed by Paul Coleman
Drawing maps to envisage spatial designs, I have set up different “worlds” in the space. My piece fuses break dance, Afro, contemporary, lyrical and hip-hop. A narrative work about my life and journey into dance.
Music: Blood Diamond (film soundtrack) and Coldplay
Cast: Paul Coleman, Arthur Gaye, Jess Devereux

SCHOOL FISH
Example of a choreographic tool- tuning into a group’s movements, in unison, in the moment

SOUND EFFECTS
Choreographed by Aaron Lim
A three-piece collection. One informed by voice sounds, one expressed by spoken memories, one informed by words offered.
Music: DJ Shadow
Cast: Aaron Lim (plus Andy Lay in piece three)

GROUP IMPROVISATION TASK
Saturday 7th - Tension and Release score, using ¼ stage space
Sunday 8th – Fast and Still Score, using ½ stage space

INNER TURMOIL
Choreographed by Diana Macairan
Noticing the different ways people deal with stress. Analyzing friends’ body language when they’re anxious. Inspired by my fellow year 12 students.
Music: Florence & The Machine
Cast: Diana Macairan, Maria Ramilo, Paul Coleman, Jess Devereux

FORUM DISCUSSION
Audience questions welcome and encouraged! An opportunity to exchange ideas and feedback with the choreographers. Hosted by Mary Anne Butler (Saturday 7th May) and Kris Keogh (Sunday 8th May.) Mary Anne Butler is a freelance writer based in Darwin and Kris Keogh is a musician/composer who co-founded Happy Yess in Darwin, the Darwin's only dedicated original music venue.

Thank you

Joanna Noonan, Artback, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, Gavin Perry (Frog Hollow’s gardener,) Museum & Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Arts NT, Country Women’s Association, Correctional Services, All Tenants at Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts, Matty McHugh, Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, Mary Anne Butler, Kris Keogh, all the volunteers and ushers

Funding Bodies

Tracks is assisted by: the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and the Northern Territory Government

Tracks 2011

Artistic Co Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
General Manager: Susan Congreve
Administrator: Gail Evans
Production Manager: Kelly Blumberg
Dance Animateur: Jessica Devereux
Bookkeeper: Caroline Voigt
Development Consultants: Michelle Silby, Suzanne Fermanis
Milpirri Executive Officer: Susan Congreve

Committee Members: (Chair) David Taylor, (Vice-Chair) Jill MacAndrew, (Treasurer) Glenn Bernardin, (Secretary/Public Officer) Michael Grant, (Ordinary Committee Members) Ken Conway, Nick Papandonakis, Joanna Barrkman, Stephanie Cvirn, (Ex-Officio Members) David McMicken and Tim Newth

Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Paul Wan

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Audience Response

“Congrats guys. One of my favourite events of the year. Under the trees at Frogs Hollow. Loved it!”  Anna Reece

“Awesome showcase of emerging choreos and works. I enjoyed it (Collision). Thanks.”  Lailah Masiga

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