SHARED PRACTICE SESSIONS

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

When: Wednesday, 10am -12pm 

Cost: Free!

May 18 - Feras Shaheen

June 1 - Lizzie Thomson

 

Register HERE

 

WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?

When: Wednesday 5 - 7pm

Cost: Free!

April 20, 6pm - Ivey Wawn

May 21 - Charemaine Seet

June 15 - Nick Power

 

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. 

When: Wednesdays 10am -12pm

Cost: Free!

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday May 18 - Feras Shaheen

When: 10am - 12pm

Cost: Free!

The session will begin with a coffee/tea (possibly some manoosh as well) and will move into practicing and discussing:



- The importance of stress and challenge in a process.
- Finding the humour in your process.

- Vulnerability in dance.
- How my OCD shifts my creative process.
- Postmodernism in dance.
- Refunctioning an object.
- Creating for your next door neighbour, Jim and Sally.
- Cypher.
- Fun

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We could possibly end up doing 1 of the above… but 100% guarantee there will be fun dance time.


Feras Shaheen’s art practice spans across performance, semiotics, street dance, readymade art and digital media. Shaheen was born in Dubai, to Palestinian parents, and moved to Sydney at the age of 11. Shaheen traverses different roles within the arts, working as a director, performer, teacher, choreographer and digital artist. He holds a Bachelor of Design from Western Sydney University (2014) and in addition to his artistic practice works as a freelance designer, photographer and filmmaker.

Feras is currently working with Marrugeku presenting Jurrungu Ngan-ga, a collaborative production that addresses both local and global issues regarding the fear of cultural difference. In an ongoing capacity, Feras works on a duet titled ‘Klapping’ with Ahilan Ratnamohan, a contemporary project that consists of choreographic research into football, initially commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre (2017). Feras has exhibited a body of work titled ‘Cross Cultures’ at Pari Gallery, Parramatta (2020) and then at Carriageworks (early 2021). ‘Cross Cultures’ explores the fluid contemporary identities of ‘Generation Y’ and how street culture is heavily impacted by media culture, specifically where commercial and urban industries intersect and reconcile. Feras has also recently conceptualized and designed ‘Forum Q’ - a hybrid art form between public art installation and recreation space for the community in collaboration with CAC and Campbelltown Council. Feras has been awarded The Australian Ballet’s Telstra Emerging Choreographer (TEC) in 2021. 

SOCIALS: @fezshaheen
WEB: www.feras.com.au
https://ferasshaheen.com.au/

April 6 - Alice Tauv

 

Alice Tauv, also known as Arisse, has over 14 years of street dance experience and 8 years of teaching. She has continuously worked on her craft by learning from both local and international dancers in a variety of different Street Dance styles, mainly focusing on Hip Hop Freestyle. She has represented Australia in competitions in Melbourne, Brisbane, Korea, Taiwan and Singapore as well as organises her own competitions.

She continues to support and build the next generation of dancers through teaching classes and workshops at local schools and universities and teaching street classes for everyone to join. She is also Vice-President of DSDA Inc. which is a non-profit organisation that runs programs and workshops for the youth and young adults, and works closely with councils and organisations to curate events.

 

Alice’s session is open and accessible for anyone and everyone. The sessions will begin through an open discussion about the importance of dance work and how it influences others. We will then open up our bodies through isolation work and connection points, using street dance techniques and groove, understanding the mechanics of the body. We will conclude the class in an open cypher where each dancer will be able to incorporate movements developed within the session and showcase their own personal style. 


March 2 - Omer Backley-Astrachan

Omer's session is open and accessible for anyone and everyone. We will begin the session with a brief discussion on sensorial-based improvisation work and together find access points to dialogues with the body-in-movement. Together we will look at dismantling codification in somatic work in order to include the diversity in the room. We will leverage this opportunity to work as a team, in a safe and non-judgemental environment and individually make long-lasting discoveries.

 

Omer Backley-Astrachan is a choreographer and educator based in Sydney. His artistic practice spans across choreography, installations, film, multimedia and movement research. Omer has worked extensively with an array of choreographers and dance companies locally and overseas such as Kamea Dance Company, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Idan Cohen Dance Company, Jerusalem Dance Theatre, Jerusalem Ballet, Maya Levi, and Rotem Tashach, Kay Armstrong, Dean Walsh, Vivienne Linsley, Mel O'Callaghan, Sue Healey and Josh Thomson. In 2018 Omer was appointed Course Coordinator for Sydney Dance Company’s Pre-Professional Year where he mentors and guides the next generation of dance creatives in Australia. As an artist in residence Omer’s choreographic works have materialised through the support of Bundanon Trust, BrandX, FORM Dance Projects, Catapult Dance, PACT and more. His works have performed in venues and festivals both in Australia and overseas such as Carriageworks, PACT, Sydney Fringe Festival, Fringe World Festival, Suzanne Dellal Centre, Tel Aviv, Newcastle Art Gallery, and State Theatre Centre (Perth).

 

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. 

 

 

Wednesday April 20 - Ivey Wawn

When: Wednesday, 6pm

Cost: Free!

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

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.