Space Time Studio Residencies 2017
Tracks Dance Studio
The 2016/17 Space Time studio residency program culminated in a showing of work-in-progress for a small, invited audience on Saturday 25th of March. Held in the Tracks studio, the showing was an opportunity for studio residents to present their physical ideas, explorations and processes, as well as engage in critical discussion with peers, friends, family and Tracks staff. Two of this years residents were unable to attend the showing but instead presented video footage from their residency periods.
Felicity Wardle, Kate Mornane, Nat Hafsteins, Venaska Cheliah, Darryl Butler and Jenelle Saunders.
Studio Residency Showing
Concept and choreography: Darryl Butler
Performers: Darryl Butler, David McMicken
Music: A soundtrack compiled by Darryl Butler from the sounds of running water, the call of Bell Birds, original electronic music and spoken word by Darryl, together with excerpts from “Echoes “by Pink Floyd and Piano Concerto No 1 by Chopin
The intent of the work is an exploration of the influence of connections and of entanglements from our younger lives on our current self. The concept is derived from a consideration of the ageing process and our limited ability to appreciate the current influence of our personal history. Who are we and how did we become who we are?
In this duet the dancers move sometimes using body to body contact and sometimes moving connected by a rope. Both are metaphors for levels of awareness and for other less tangible influences. Echoes and dreams, emotions, actions and thoughts that reach in both directions across the time barriers of our advancing age.
The studio residency program was a place of identification, refinement and reflection pushing boundaries within the creative process.
Music: The Marriage of Figaro Duettino-Sull'aria; Ghosthack by Yoko Kanno
As Dance Mongers we began our movement expeditions from a base list of concepts that we were initially drawn to. These were: Play, Enjoy, Connect, Sensory and Make.
We sought to create and immerse ourselves in dance that connected us, that we clearly enjoyed (and that came from joy- instigated memories), that stemmed from each of us but became something new entirely in the process, and that drew from a wide range of input, including the five senses.
We wanted our experiences to be intrinsically connective, immersive, accessible to (future) audiences, and personally satisfying as dance artists. We played with the use of tactile input and obstacles such as card board boxes, pot plants and cushions to inform and impact movement as blindfolded dancers. We mindfully ate and translated that sensory information into our bodies. We recalled moments of utter joy and made a duet. We used a range of music to accompany and shape our dancing. We dove into large piles of pillows just for the fun of it. We wore sparkly costumes, married yoga to heavy metal music and danced ‘seriously’ and ‘not so seriously’. We watched Beyonce’s full visual album ‘Lemonade’ and felt her moxy, vulnerability, artistry. We engaged in ‘authentic movement’ tasks to tap into our quiet inner workings and raise them to our epidermal surface levels.
The wares we offered at the Tracks Studio Residency showing on Saturday 25th March, included a sensory based experience for the invited guests. This involved a guided moment where we asked our audience to both relax, trust us with what we hoped would be a positive experience, and thereby accept our offerings of sound, smell, taste and touch (Italian opera, essential oil laced spritzing, slow blueberry eating, bubbly sipping and hot cloth application). We then asked them to in turn impact our own blindfolded dancing with tactile input – to shape, inhibit and inspire our movement. To conclude our segment, we showed a few video excerpts of the tasks and ideas we had explored during our residency.
Dance Mongers is in its infant stage and intends to build on its first round of peddling in the near future.
Tracks Inc is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.
Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
General Manager: Agnès Michelet
Administrator: Clancy Breasley
Production Manager: Mathew McHugh
Dance Animateur: Kelly Beneforti
Bookkeeper: Noya Chong Wah
Committee Members: Mary Durack (Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), Michael Grant, David Taylor, Ken Conway, Stephanie Cvirn, Venaska Cheliah. David McMicken, Tim Newth, Agnès Michelet (Ex-Officio Members)
Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Ippei Okazaki
Patron: His Honour, The Honourable John Hardy OAM, Administrator of the Northern Territory