Happy Hour

HAPPY HOUR Saturday, 4 November @ 5pm & SUNDAY, 5 November @ 5pm @ Critical Path

Photo by Heidrun Lohr

ReadyMade Works + Critical Path are excited to present…

Happy Hour

This neat program has been created to support the independent dance ecology in Sydney by providing a platform for new work — whether they be slices of a larger work or completed pieces. 2017 will feature three HAPPY HOUR events curated by Narelle Benjamin, Martin Del Amo and Linda Luke.

Sat 4 November @ 5pm &
Sun 5 November @ 5pm

IMPORTANT: Happy Hour is @ Critical Path
1C New Beach Rd, Darling Point |$15
 (includes refreshments)

A compelling evening of performance with our finest independent dance-makers:

Lucky LarteyVicki  van Hout Matt Cornell
PLUS an animation film by Heidrun Lohr & Hans Bildstein

Curated by Linda Luke

Bookings are essential!:


About the Artists

Vicki van Hout

Vicki van Hout

Vicki van Hout

Talk Talk
Vicki is excited to be part of the latest line-up for Happy Hour. She will be sharing the initial developments of a new solo work TALK TALK which is centred around the compulsory community consultative process of Australian indigenous art making. For Happy Hour Vicki will be sharing a sample of performed provocations which will later be recorded and presented to elders for feedback and further manipulation in order to illustrate the complex processes involved when placing a work in front of an audience.

Vicki van Hout is a Wiradjuri interdisciplinary artist working in the mediums of dance, written and spoken text and recyclable sculptural installation and set design. van Hout has danced with major Indigenous companies Bangarra and Aboriginal Islander Dance Theatre before working as an independent with choreographers including Hans van Dan Broek (Belgium), Tess de Quincey and Martin del Amo. Vicki has been a part of a collaborative team with Marian Abboud for ten years creating works which mediate cultural diversity in contemporary society including ‘Behind The Zig Zag’ and ‘Redfern as Refuge’.

Matt Cornell


Matt Cornell

— what is what you’re doing, doing to you?

Matt Cornell is an Australasian-based Artist who grew up in Darwin, on Larrakia land. He is excited by the challenge of trying to understand meta-phenomena while avoiding bullshit. He works through dance, choreography, sound, photography and discussion towards short circuiting systemic, malignant social narratives. He hopes to necessitate better stories than the ones we are currently telling ourselves.

Lucky Lartey. Image by Naa Adoley

Image by Richa Bhavanam

Lucky Lartey

Full Circle
Investigating the long standing relationship and history between hip hop culture and rap and African oral traditions and exploring the meaning associated with way in which hip hop culture and rap has travelled full circle back to Africa and is now widely recreated by African youth all over the African continent. This is a complex relationship that has been forged through the processes of slavery and globalisation and I want to explore the significance of how a cultural form can evolve and travel back to its origins and to explore the meaning of this process in globalised contemporary culture.

Lucky Lartey is a Sydney-based dancer and choreographer, originally from Ghana, West Africa. Lucky’s work draws on his traditional culture of rhythm and dance as well as his understanding of contemporary movement practices. Lucky’s dance and choreographic practice looks for ways to negotiate what it means to draw on a rich history of traditional dance while innovating within a contemporary context. His methodology for developing dance work focuses on the collaboration between live percussion music and movement and is often informed by themes of social justice and the reinvigoration of past cultural forms.

In 2016, Lucky was awarded the Keith Bain Travel Fellowship from Ausdance and the IDP Grant from Ausdance NSW to travel to Burkina Faso to work with Serge Aime Coulibaly in May 2017. In 2016, Lucky also received support from the Australia Council Singapore Dance Exchange Project Fund to travel to Singapore to develop the new work “Exotic Bodies” with Ming Poon in June 2017.

Lucky’s work includes Long Walk, which debuted at the Attakkalari India Biennial 2015 and Jamestown, which premiered at Sydney and Melbourne Fringe Festivals 2015.

Image by Heidrun Lohr

Image by Heidrun Lohr

Heidrun Lohr

Shallow Waters
Featuring dancer Martin del Amo, SHALLOW WATERS is an video animation of a lone swimmer caught in the futility of moving through an abandoned pool without water. Photography Heidrun Lohr / Editing Hans Bildstein.

Heidrun Lohr and Hans Bildstein have been collaborating on a variety of animation projects over the last few years. They have created short animation sequences for Nigel Kellaway's Brief Synopsis at CarriageWorks in 2013. Wagga Wagga City Council commissioned two big scale animations for their Fusion 2015 festival and 70 Years Wagga Wagga City Library. They conducted the 2016 Wagga Wagga Bright Lights animation workshop including an Artwork for the 50 metre projection wall outside the Civic Centre. Their work ‘QUID NOVIS…’ featured in the night window gallery at the Australian Centre of Photography, Sydney 2014.

About the 2017 Curators