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SHARED PRACTICE SESSIONS

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

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Cost: Free!

2024 

Wednesday 15 May - Emma Riches

Wednesday 10th April - Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal and Ria Soemardjo

WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?

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2024

Sunday 26 May, 4pm - Leah Landau 

Wednesday 31st Jan - Jill Crovisier

When: Wednesday, 6pm

Cost: Free!

Shared Practice

ReadyMade Works is very happy to announce two new events in our program that take the place of the Shared Practice sessions.

What Are You Doing? is a studio-based shared practice session where artists share processes and ways of working in the studio. It is not quite a class, not quite a choreographic workshop, a session where ways of making dance and practising dance are opened up as a community resource. It will take place the first Wednesday of every month.  

 

Past Sessions 2024:

Wednesday 15 May - Emma Riches

Session:  Emma will share processes she is currently working with to develop a new solo work, never are (working title). This includes guided, progressive improvisations as well as looking at a ‘survival kit’ of strategies to find ways of collaborating in lieu of having anyone else in the room. We will incorporate chance methods in order to ‘remove the ego’ (as Matteo Fargion would say).

 

Bio: Originally from the Blue Mountains, Emma Riches is a dance artist who has relocated back home in 2023. Over the past decade she has worked as an independent artist across both Victoria and NSW. She works across performance, choreography and teaching, with an interest in the intersection of these roles and ways they inform each other.

Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts (BFA Dance, 2015) and Ev and Bow Full-time Dance Training Centre (2012), Emma’s work has been commissioned by the University of Melbourne and presented at M1 CONTACT Festival Singapore, Sunshine Art Spaces, MPavillion, Strawberry Fields Music Festival (Tocumwal NSW), West Projections Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festival through the Compass Professional Development Program.

Emma has been a choreographic resident at several institutions across Australia including GUTS Dance, Strut National Choreographic Centre of WA, Lucy Guerin Inc, Schoolhouse Studios, Temperance Hall and Dancehouse. Her work has received support from The University of Western Sydney, Creative Victoria, Regional Arts Victoria, Merribek City Council, University of Melbourne, Gandel Philanthropy and through Ausdance NSW’s DAIR program.

Emma is currently working on a choreographic writing project titled ‘The Not New Project’; a collaboration with Dance Is. TNNP is a bite-sized online publication that commissions artists and profiles specific facets of dance practice. 

Wednesday 10th April - Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal and Ria Soemardjo

Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal and Ria Soemardjo warmly invite anybody interested in movement, voice, contemporary performance to gain insight into the world building of their new work, Ngayomi/Shelter. Arriving and warming up with movement resonance and interlocking rhythm practices. Then exploring their unique storytelling approach incorporating craft-animism sculptures in creating intimate performance rituals.

 

Biographies:

Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal is a performer, choreographer and creative collaborator. Born in Darkinjung Country her Javanese ancestry directly descends from Yogyakarta’s first Sultan, Java’s Borobudur temple and equally Australian Scottish Viking convict-settler. Her unique dance language is forged in classical ballet, jazz, modern, Javanese court arts, Bali temple ritual, eco-somatic improvisation and creative collaboration with First Nations Australian dance artists. Awarded High Distinction for a Master of Choreography Research at VCA Melbourne
University (2010) her entrancing intercultural transdisciplinary work has been created and performed in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Newtown High of the Performing Arts Dux (Sydney 1995), Bachelor Dance Honours
(University of Florida USA 2000) and Dharmasiswa Scholar (Yogyakarta University of the Arts, Indonesia 2004) all support 30 years of award-winning touring and international dance-culture-embodiment studies and teaching. Performance history embraces live arts, working with Movement Research NYC, Miami Dance Futures, Australian Choreographic Centre, The Bodycartography Project, Mirramu
Dance Company, ImpulsTanz DanceWeb, PAF, Victorian Opera, Chunky Move, Indonesia Contemporary Art Network, Critical Path and NORPA.
An experienced mentor with Arts Northern Rivers, Outback Theatre for Young People, Beyond Empathy and Sprung!! and co-directs Angourie Dance Youth Project. Multimedia dance works presented in theatres, galleries, museums, video, public and wild spaces include touring productions Opal Vapour (2012), Enfold (2016) and 6/7 Empty (2010). Her current major work in development with Kirk Page is ‘Smoke’, a trans-indigenous intercultural collaboration. www.jadedewi.com

 

Ria Soemardjo is a Melbourne based musician with a passion for collaborations across diverse genres and artforms. Her distinct, haunting vocal style and musicality reflects her Australian/Javanese cultural heritage and a deep appreciation for the timbres, rhythmic complexity and ceremonial association of Balinese and Javanese gamelan traditions. She has studied Central and West Javanese vocal repertoire and is highly respected in the world music scene and Australian Indonesian community for her performances with gamelan ensembles around Australia.


Dance work compositions receiving recognition include Ros Warby’s ‘Tower Suites’ (2012 Green Room Award with cellist Helen Mountfort), Enfold (2016) and Opal Vapour (2013) with dancer/choreographer Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal.
In 2019 together with director/writer Sandra Fiona Long and Bandung Mainteater, Ria created music and vocal scores for ‘Hades Fading’ - a bi-lingual multimedia theatre work (Bandung 2019, AsiaTOPA Festival 2020).

Saturday 30th March - Max Revel

ReadyMade Works is running a special Easter weekend session of What Are You Doing? with dancer Max Revell, currently in Australia performing with the Akram Khan Company in Jungle Book Reimagined.

The session is focused on improvisation puzzles and concepts that are derived from the dance style popping. Using a variety of techniques within traditional contemporary practices and the illusionary dance forms participants will learn how to improvise freely using these simple structures correctly. 

Growing up in Cornwall, Max began training in Plymouth, taking breaking and popping classes with Street Factory from age nine, later returning there to teach. As a teenager he travelled across the UK competing in battles, and worked with several theatre companies before joining Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. In 2019 he won the BBC Young Dancer competition, graduating NSCD in 2020 he joined postgraduate company Verve. He has enjoyed working with The Hiccup Project, Frantic Assembly, Patricia Okenwa, Gary Clarke, Eleanor Sikorski, Susanne Thomas, Dickson Mbi, Tony Adigun, Barnaby Booth, Botis Seva, Caroline Finn, and Matthew Robinson. Max is currently a member of the Akram Khan Company, performing in the world tour of Jungle Book

Reimagined.

Image Credit: courtesy of Max Revell

Wednesday 6th March - CONJAH (Ooshcon and Jahra Wasasala)

ooshcon's bio: Embedded in love and devoted to flow - ooshcon is a Samoan ‘decipher of circles’, who specialises in free-body methodologies. The core belief ‘ina ia sosolo le alofa / so love may flow’ is imbued into ooshcon’s evolving practice and way of being.
ooshcon’s work is grounded and actualised through the forms and philosophies of Waving Dance culture, Krump Dance culture, Animation Dance, Geometric Dance, Breath-work and Character/Entity-building. ooshcon embraces these forms with emotional rigour and innovative theatrical practices in pursuit of ‘formlessness’.
ooshcon is a trusted facilitator throughout his practice and communities. Through his work ooshcon strives to symbolically assist others to journey into new personal depths and build on their own ‘emotional content’.

Jahra's bio: Jahra (Arieta) Wasasala is a Fijian world-builder, movement psychopomp and writer of realms.
Within Viti, they hail from the provinces of Macuata and Ba.
Jahra is geographically based in the relational space in-between one world ending and another world beginning.
Through the eye of 'Oceanic Terror-fi', future-mythos and the genealogy of terror and transmutation, Jahra constantly moves towards being Spirit-led and blood-led in their evolving creative offerings.
As an ‘unreal within a beyond-body’, Jahra centres the dance and voice of the 'beyond-body' as their tool of transmutation, serving as the beginning and returning point for their world-building and world-bending practice. Jahra’s training continues to evolve, currently encompassing Krump, Physical Theatre, Body Control techniques, Butoh study, Waving, Character work and ‘Creature-Conditioning’, which comprises of movement mobility and strength training and non-human movement research. Jahra’s theatre-making and research practice is multi-disciplinary and multi-bodied. Their practice is pantheon-based, grounded in belief and speaks into Indigenous future-mythos, culminating in a genre of ‘Oceanic Terror-fi’. Intuitive yet deliberate, disciplined yet Spirit-led, Jahra’s public practice is known for it’s other-worldly physicality, theatrical immersion and transcendent performance level. 

Wednesday 31st Jan - Jill Crovisier 

Session: Jill Crovisier will start her shared practice with a gentle warm up using improvisation to guide the participants in space and giving an insight into some of her movement research. The session will then focus on character works methods she is regularly using in her creations. Within a theatrical approach the idea is to share creative tools and give the participants a moment of playful and physical exploration.

Biography: Born in Luxembourg in 1987, the award-winning artist Jill Crovisier works as a dancer, choreographer, video artist, sound creator , pedagogue and artistic director of JC movement production (a company established in 2013 and funded by the Ministry of Culture Luxembourg ). Jill has been travelling the world for 20 years and has taken part in numerous dance festivals, renowned choreographic competitions and collaborated with a large number of companies and institutions. The multidisciplinary artist, who won the Luxembourgish Dance Award in 2019, emphasises authenticity and realism, using dance to communicate stories about life and identity. She places a strong emphasis on creating work that is inclusive and emotionally engaging, even for those who may not be familiar with contemporary dance.

What Were You Thinking? is a new shared practice session at ReadyMade Works where artists can share the thinking and process behind their work. It is an informal discussion led by an artist around the ideas that inform their work. Artists can show work, bring questions, discuss philosophy or whatever feels imperative to them at this time.  ReadyMade Works will bring the drinks and nibblies.

Sunday 26 May - Leah Landau 

When - 4pm

Cost: Free!

Session: Leah will be showing some material I developed during Constant Relay, called 'Saint Readymade'

Bio: Leah Landau is an Australian dancer/choreographer, living and working between Sydney and Stockholm. She seeks to borrow roles, hierarchies, and time-based structures from domains beyond dance, using them to create choreographic frameworks in which she can actively participate.

Leah has presented her work at Atalante (Göteborg); moment:teater (Stockholm); Fylkingen (Stockholm) ImpulsTanz Festival (Austria); Skeppsholmen Studios (Stockholm); Hallen i Farsta (Stockholm); Dans Mässan (Stockholm); Danscentrum (Stockholm); Lucy Guerin Inc. (Melbourne); Arts House (Melbourne); Dance Massive (Sydney); Performing Arts Forum pa-F (France); and Dancehouse (Melbourne).

 

Past Sessions:

Wednesday 31st Jan - Jill Crovisier

Performance: The JCSOUND1 SOLO performance was developed during a research project around sound creation and composition for contemporary dance in 2023. The music as a starting point of the choreographic approach, this work is performed by the choreographer and sound creator herself. It embarks us on a journey where confusing, overexciting and choppy movements confront each other such as a juxtaposition of flashbacks floating between mechanism and fluidity. A moment which creates a desperate quest for recognition highlighted by a touch of comedy and existentialism.

After the performance, the audience will get a chance to ask questions and chat with Jill.

Sunday 4th December - Nick Power

Nick Power will share his practice which expands on the vocabulary of street dance to create full-length contemporary works and foster intercultural dialogues and collaborations.  The interactive talk will highlight the lineage in his practice from self taught battle b-boy to curator and choreographer, giving an insight into the different stages of his practice as it has unfolded over the past 2 decades.

Nick Power is an Australian B-boy and Choreographer whose work draws on the rituals and culture of hip hop.  His practice spans from remote Aboriginal communities to the stages of the most prestigious contemporary dance festivals in Europe and Asia.  Crossing complex divides of place, culture, language and form is Nick’s forté.  Nick has created 4 full length Independent works: Deejay x Dancer (2022), Two Crews (2020), Between Tiny Cities (2017) and Cypher (2013).  Nick was Associate Artist with Stalker Theatre from 2006 - 2013 creating 3 touring works with the company, he was Artistic Director of Platform Hip Hop Festival 2008 - 2012 and Curator of Contemporary Dance at Campbelltown Arts Centre 2016 - 2018

 

Saturday 12th November - Charemaine Seet

Charemaine Seet will share elements of Sixth Daughter, her ongoing project exploring Teochew opera. She will show videos, do demonstrations and teach movement to participants. Charemaine will discuss her recent research trip to Singapore which was supported by Critical Path. 

“Sixth Daughter is a project to delve into the movement vocabulary of the first live performance I had experienced as a child in Malaysia and Singapore.” Charemaine Seet

Charemaine Seet is a dance artist and educator straddling post-modern dance and street dance practice. She has been a principal dancer in companies in London and New York and has collaborated with a range of dance and performance artists including La Ribot, Gilles Jobin and Doug Elkins. She continues to collaborate with Doug Elkins on a variety of film and performance projects. 

She was a full time scholarship student with Merce Cunningham in New York. Her own dance school, Seet Dance, teaches a range of styles but is primarily concerned in decentering contemporary dance away from Western aesthetics. She also is currently leading a variety of dance workshops at the Sydney Opera House. Her practice explores intersections of dance as movement, learnings, writings and research that remain true to their original contexts.

 

Wednesday 27 July - Martin del Amo

Martin says "I’ve always been fascinated with how, traditionally, choreography and improvisation are thought of as being on opposite sides of the spectrum, as far as dance composition is concerned. In my own work, I try to collapse the perceived difference between the two. The aim is to develop pieces that are highly structured and repeatable on one hand, yet elastic enough to never be exactly the sam on the other. For Shared Practice, I will discuss some of the strategies I employ to try and achieve this. The focus will be on my most recent solo work Mirage (shared with Miranda Wheen) and ensemble piece Champions (2017)."

Martin del Amo is a Sydney-based choreographer and dancer with more than 25 years of professional experience. He started out as solo artist, acclaimed for his full-length solos fusing idiosyncratic movement and intimate storytelling. Over the last decade, Martin has also built a strong reputation as creator of group works and solos for others. He regularly teaches and has extensively worked as mentor, dramaturg, movement consultant and dance writer. Martin’s contributions to the Australian arts sector have been recognised with the prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship (2015) and the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance (2018). 

Wednesday 15 June - Emma Saunders

Emma says of her session... " Well, if i'm really honest, i would love a chance just to say hello to Sydney again. Hello!! It's been so long!! and maybe to talk about some of the processes behind making dance work in general, and to share a little of the different kinds of work i've made across scale, site, collaborators, community and function. How i've been influenced by my work with The Fondue Set and how that will never die, leaving Sydney and the effect that has, taking stock once you hit motherhood, broadening my practice so i learn and am relevant and survive and earn enough money to raise a family, how artistic priorities and starting points can shift around from time to time, considering who am i making work for and why, and how dance can be a container for communication, also how difficult it is to keep things simple when confronted with chaos, and how i'm not dead yet - i think i may be just getting started!!"

Emma Saunders is an award winning “formidable” (Realtime, 2010) Australian dance artist who works as a director, choreographer, dancer, educator, dance curator and producer. Over the past 25 years she has honed her practice to develop an interest in the simplicity of dance and the complexity of choreography. Utilising a visceral, instinctive attack, her work is immediate, often working with humour, everyday movement, text, repetition, deconstruction, duration and abstraction. Emma is the founder and director of the WE ARE HERE company, and is one of The Fondue Set. Her very recent work includes: ENCOUNTER SYDNEY at the Sydney Opera House, RADICAL TRANSPARENCY at Parramatta Riverside with Form Dance Projects.

April 20 - Ivey Wawn

Ivey will share some video works and talk through the processes and outcomes so far developed under the banner of an ongoing project titled In Perpetuity.

Ivey Wawn (1990) is a dancer working and living primarily on Gadigal Land (Sydney). She makes performances mainly for live audiences and contributes regularly to the work of other artists from a range of disciplines as a performer and collaborator. She is committed to dance as a potential form of resistance; to social abstraction and commodification, making work about labour, being together, sensation and magic among other things. Such works have taken different forms; from lecture, through video, to live performance and are presented in art galleries, virtual spaces and theatres. She is supported to continue working as an artist by a secondary income in hospitality and continues to study a Bachelor of Political Economic and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney since 2016. Ivey’s work has been supported by Arts House, the Australia Council for the Arts, Critical Path, DirtyFeet, First Draft Gallery, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Liquid Architecture, Next Wave Festival, Performance Space, and Underbelly Arts Festival among other institutions. 

 

March 18 - Lee Serle

Lee will be discussing his solo studio practice and research he undertook during his Sustaining Practice residency. He will show his recent work-in-progress that he presented as part of Lucy Guerin's PIECES season late last year, as well as earlier work that informs his current practice and the work he is creating now. Lee will then facilitate an open discussion around choreographic process. 

Lee Serle is a Sydney based choreographer and performer. He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Dance in 2003. His work has been presented in France, USA, Colombia, Lebanon and Australia, and he has been commissioned to create new works for the Lyon Opera Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Lucy Guerin Inc, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Dancenorth, Victorian College of the Arts, and Colombian visual artist Mateo López. Lee has performed in the works of many notable choreographers including; Trisha Brown, Lucy Guerin, Tere O’Connor, Gideon Obarzanek, Shelley Lasica, among many others, and has received Fellowships from Rolex Arts Institute, Australia Council for the Arts (Creative Australia Fellowship) and City of Sydney.

Past Shared Practice Facilitators

2023 

Patricia Wood, Matthew Day, Rhiannon Newton, Miranda Wheen

2022 

Omer Backley-Astrachan, Alice Tauv, Feras Shaheen, Lizzie Thomson, Tra Mi Dinh, Ko Yamada, Matt Cornell

2021 

Ivey Wawn, Lee Serle, Martin del Amo, Victoria Hunt, Lizzie Thomson

 

2020

 

Ivey Wawn, Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal, Rhiannon Newton, Matt Cornell, Nikki Heywood

2019

Bhenji Ra, Brooke Stamp, Thomas Bradley, Victoria Hunt, Jane McKernan, Andrew Morrish, Cass Mortimer-Eipper, Jill Crovisier, Adelina Larsson, Omer Backley-Astrachan, Rhiannon Newton. 

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