Congratulations to the four Moving Ideas residency artists: Justin Shoulder, Jane McKernan, David Huggins and Kristina Chan. We were overwhelmed by the amount, and quality, of the applications we received from regional and Sydney-based NSW artists. The need for this form of creative development and practice opportunity was made loud and clear, and we therefore plan to make this form of support for NSW dance artists a definite priority going forward.
We’d also like to say a heartfelt thank you to Brooke Stamp and Agnès Michelet for supporting the ReadyMade team in the assessment process with their dedicated and careful consideration of all the applications. We look forward to hosting Jane and David in the studio throughout November and December 2019, and Justin and Kristina throughout January and February 2020.
Justin Shoulder is an artist working in performance, sculpture, video and nightlife/community events production. He was born on the un-ceded lands of the Gadigal people (Sydney) and is of Filipino and European heritage. In his Moving Ideas residency Justin develops his new work ‘Turbo Encangto’ which inhabits the multilayered metaphysical plane of sea and sky referred to in Tagalog mythology as the Skyworld. Within Shoulder’s Future Folklore Skyworld, posthuman queer spectres crossbreed with ancestral Bakla clowns. Image: Alex Davies
Jane McKernan is an Australian choreographer, recently returned from four-years based in the UK. She is a member of the collaborative dance trio The Fondue Set and her own dance work includes Mass Movement (Audience Choice for Keir Choreographic Award 2014); Opening and Closing Ceremony (2012); and Teacher Training (2019). For her Moving Ideas residency Jane explores situating her practice in the physical site of the dancing body and the geographic site of Sydney, continuing collaborations with local dance artists, including Angela Goh, Carlee Mellow and Elizabeth Ryan, and deepening threads of inquiry related to unison. Image: Heidrun Lohr
Kristina Chan is a dancer and choreographer based on the Mid North Coast of NSW. Kristina’s choreographic practice explores environmental change and our relationship to nature. For her Moving Ideas residency Kristina travels to Sydney to collaborate with dramaturg, Victoria Hunt to deepen her recent research relating to the integration of the choreographed body and textiles. Her solo studio practice will focus on the development of a new work in progress called Brightness. Kristina receives the regional NSW artist travel support to make her residency possible. Image: Kate Britton
David Huggins began dancing while studying psychology in New Zealand. After graduating from the VCA he worked consistently with Russel Dumas, alongside various other choreographers, and has recently focused on developing his choreographic work through a series of international residencies. For Moving Ideas David focuses on processes of play, choosing furniture and objects as potential dancing partners. Beginning from somatic processes he explores the possibility of attuning the body to the objects he works with and collaborates with Brianna Kell as an outside eye. Image: Matthew Syres
Matt Cornell is an Australasian based choreographer who grew up in Darwin, on Larrakia land. His work takes multiple forms including dancing, performance, sound composition, writing, podcasting, and curation. Across these radically different contexts is the core notion of creating spaces, events, and experiences through which we can come together, to share something which might give rise to new ways to know ourselves and each other and the stories we tell ourselves. That we may get better at living together. Teaching credits include facilitating at P.A.R.T.S & VCA, leading technique class for companies including Dancenorth, Force Majeure, Dancehouse, QUT, WAAPA and NAISDA The FARM, Ev and Bow, Brent Street, IDC, SDC PPY and many others.
Class with Matt
Preparing for dancing and then dancing. Practising renegotiating relationship with gravity, with momentum, with emotional state, with ego, with music. Moving in and out of the floor, in an out of each others’ pathway, in and out of comfort. Finding and taking joy. Where can the dancing dance us? Novelty and risk and technique and dancing. Image: Matt Cornell
THANKS FOR COMING TO HAPPY HOUR #9!
Over the middle weekend of October we had a fantastic celebration of independent dance and community with Happy Hour #9. Immense thanks and congratulations to the artists Lizzie Thomson, Zachary Lopez and Kristina Chan for the beautiful and thoughtful works they shared. Thank you too to everyone who came along to ReadyMade to support the independent dance community and contributed to making Happy Hour possible into 2020! Stay tuned for a very special reflection on Happy Hour #9 coming soon on our website! Images: Matthew Syres
THOMAS BRADLEY AT ReadyMade WORKS
This week we were delighted to host Thomas Bradley at ReadyMade Works. Thomas is a Brussels (BE) based artist who works for Emanuel Gat Dance (FR) as dancer, costume designer and pedagogue. He previously danced with Sydney Dance Company and Australian Dance Theatre. His practice is largely influenced by Japanese Butoh, which lead to the creation of his solo exposition yvonne and the duo performance work clay with his Japanese collaborator, Dai Matsuoka.
Thomas taught IDC class, led a Shared Practice session and showed his solo work ‘yvonne’ in a special one-off studio showing. We hope everyone that made it along enjoyed spending time with Thomas and his work!
Image: Bowen Arico
SHARED PRACTICE CONTINUES IN NOVEMBER!
Shared Practice is a regular opportunity to engage the creative practice of esteemed local and visiting choreographers in a workshop-style format. Don’t miss the last Shared Practice of 2019 with Ivey Wawn and Cass Mortimer Eipper.