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PACT HOSTS... HAPPY HOUR PLUS! 2024

We are delighted to announce the second iteration of our partnered performance platform initiative 'PACT hosts... Happy Hour Plus!' Our 2024 version will feature work by Noha Ramadan & Charlie Trier, Patricia Wood & Alex Karaconji and Brian Fuata and will take place at our partner venue, PACT centre for emerging artists in Erskineville on Friday 31st May and Saturday 1st June.

This annual platform is a version of our signature short works program, Happy Hour. Like the name suggests, Happy Hour Plus! comes with additions - a different venue, a bigger stage space, more lights and technical capacity, more audience, but with the same commitment to showcasing great Sydney independent dance and performance

 

Date: Fri, May 31st - Sat June 1st 2024
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT
Tickets: $25 (full) and $15 (concession)

Happy Hour is ReadyMade Works' signature short works program showcasing the extraordinary practices of Sydney's independent dance artists. Initiated by Linda Luke and Samantha Chester in 2016, Happy Hour is the platform for encountering the diverse and uncompromising work being made by local dance artists.

ARTISTS:

Good Times (Carrier Dances): Charlie Laban Trier and Noha Ramadan

 

Carrier Dances is a series of dances which place Ursula Le Guin’s Carrier Bag theory of narrative into conversation with the role of the bass line in disco music, and the much loved empty stages of DIY punk and queer venues. 

 

 

Charlie and Noha are performers and choreographers. They share an interest in how performance can reorient towards more fluid and interstitial knowledges and subjectivities - where machismo falls asleep and the literal is discarded in favour of the sensible. They are currently busy with the question of how to act, amidst the basically unfathomable context of the genocide in Gaza and an ever-increasing cascade of capitalist induced crises. Free Palestine. 

 

Charlie Laban Trier (b. dk) is a performer and choreographer, he moved a year ago to Gadigal land. His early training stems mainly from different dances connected to house music, he graduated from the SNDO (Amsterdam) in 2018. He works with and for various artists internationally and produces his own performances.

 

 

Noha Ramadan is a performer, dance maker and educator born on unceded Darug/Guringai land. They have been active within the New Dance context in Amsterdam since 2005, and have presented their work across Europe and Australia for over 20 years.

 

 

Intermission (1986 edits): Brian Fuata

The work is an ongoing development on movement working with an idea of repetition. 

Brian Fuata is an improvisor.

 


P-E-S-T: Patricia Wood and Alex Karaconji

 

“When Gregor Samsa woke one morning from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed, right there, in his bed into some sort of monstrous insect” The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (tr. Susan Bernofsky). 

 

The Metamorphosis tells the story of Gregor Samsa’s unexpected transformation into an “monstrous insect”. The use of the German word, Ungeziefer, has posed a constant challenge for artistic and literary interpretation in the absence of a precise English equivalent. Our response will honour the lexical and visual ambiguity of the original term through the use of two well-suited mediums: the self-erasing, self-creating medium of animation; and the ephemeral yet embodied accumulation of choreography. These two mediums preserve Kafka’s story in a constant state of visual flux, within liminal spaces of decomposition and becoming, remembering and forgetting, renewal and decay.

 

 

Patricia Wood is a dancer and choreographer, based between Gadigal and Yidinji land.

Her choreographic research focuses on the embodied practice of transmission, ephemerality and illusory memory, and takes the form of radio, text and choreographic performances. 

Patricia has developed a number of short works including, Sonar So Far (2023) and So Far Sonar (2022) with Alexandra Spence; Trish + Trisha (in-development); Transmission Solo (2019); Motherese (2019) with Benedict Carey for HFMT Hamburg; and Long Distance Accumulation (2017) with Laura Hindmarsh for Runway and the Keir Choreographic award.

Alex Karaconji is a visual artist who lives and works on Gadigal land. His practice encompasses a variety of mediums including painting, animation, and comics, which he employs to expose the intimacy, pathos, and humour of everyday life. His work has featured several times in the Australian International Animation Festival, and has been a finalist in the Dobell Prize. He was also included in the curated exhibition From Here to There: Australian Art and Walking at Lismore Regional Gallery. 

Image Credit: PACT hosts Happy Hour Plus! 2023 by Nat Cartney

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HAPPY HOUR HISTORY

2024

Happy Hour #17:

Curated by Feras Shaheen 

Featuring:

CONJAH (Ooshcon and Jahra Wasasala) and Zain El-Roubaei + Gabriela Quinsacara

2023

Happy Hour #16:

Curated by Reina Takeuchi

Featuring:

Amy Zhang with Billy Keohavong and Jackson Garcia, Caya Crew, Madfox, Seet Dance

Happy Hour PLUS!

Hosted by PACT

Featuring:

Lee Serle

Azzam Mohamed

Tra Mi Dinh

 

Happy Hour #15:

Curated by Raghav Handa

Featuring:

Chloe Leong

Proper Motion & Raúl Tamez

Taiga Kita-Leong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2022

Happy Hour #14:

Curated by Jane McKernan

Featuring: Molonai Makalio

Clive Ellwood

Russell Morell

Gabriela Green Olea

with Zaya Barroso

 

 

 

Happy Hour #13:

The Improvisation Edition

Curated by: Amaara Raheem

and Brooke Stamp

Featuring:

Brian Fuata

Patricia Wood

Tony Osborne

Nikki Heywood

and Mark Cauvin

Ryuichi Fujimura

Shota Matsumura

Amaara Raheem.

 

Happy Hour #12

Curated by: Jane McKernan

Featuring:

Cleo Mees with Poppy Burnett

Victoria Hunt

with Moe Clark & James Brown

Patricia Wood.

2021

Happy Hour #11

The Street Elite Edition

Curated by: Nick Power

Featuring:

Booyakasha 

Tony Oxybel

Stale Biskitz

2020

Happy Hour #10

Curated by: Adelina Larsson and Rhiannon Newton

Featuring: Linda Luke, Lee Serle and Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal

2019

Happy Hour #9

Curated by: Adelina Larsson and Rhiannon Newton

Featuring: Kristina Chan, Zachary Lopez and Lizzie Thomson

Writer: Jodie McNeilly-Renaudie

Read her response here

Happy Hour #8

Curated by: Patricia Wood, Rhiannon Newton and Adelina Larsson

Featuring: Katina Olsen, Ryuichi Fujimura and Murasaki Penguin (Ana Kuroda and David Kirkpatrick)

Writer: Cleo Mees 

published in ADSR Zine

Writer: Nikki Heywood

Read her response here

2018

Happy Hour #7

Curated by: Julie-Anne Long

Featuring: Martin del Amo and Anton, Kathy Cogill and Nikki Heywood and Tony Osborne

2017

Happy Hour #6  

Co-presented with Critical Path

Curated by: Linda Luke

Featuring: Lucky Lartey, Vicky van Hout, Matt Cornell and Heidrun Löhr

Happy Hour #5

Curated by: Martin del Amo

Featuring: Raghav Handa, Sara Black and Rosie Dennis

Happy Hour #4

Curated by: Narelle Benjamin

Featuring: Linda Luke and Martin Fox, Timothy Ohl, Benjamin Hancock and Julie-Anne Long

Happy Hour #3

Curated by: Kathryn Puie

Featuring: Kathryn Puie, Ivey Wawn and Chloe Fournier

Happy Hour #2

Curated by: Linda Luke

Featuring: Angela French, Paea Leach, Justin Shoulder and Ryuichi Fujimura

Happy Hour #1

Curated by: Diane Busuttil

Featuring: Omer and Sharon Backley-Astrachan and Murasaki Penguin