Happy Hour #9 graces the surfaces of ReadyMade Works this weekend, 6pm Saturday and Sunday 12-13 October. We are thrilled to have artists, Lizzie Thomson, Zachary Lopez and Kristina Chan in the studio this week preparing for Happy Hour. We are proud to be able to support artists with such established and important practices to share their work with Sydney audiences. Read on for an insight into the works Zachary, Kristina and Lizzie will be offering.
Don’t forget to book!! Happy Hour often fills the house, so grab your ticket quickly to not miss out. The special ‘curious cocktail’ by ‘Shandy-Anne Long’ ticket package also goes toward helping make Happy Hour possible in 2020!
Through October and November brilliant local artists continue leading our ongoing programs at ReadyMade Works. Independent Dance Class is on every Tuesday morning. This is a great opportunity to get into the studio, train, get sweaty and meet other dance artists in Sydney. Classes continue with Miranda Wheen, Thomas Bradley and Matt Cornell. Special opportunities to engage in the choreographic practices of Kristina Chan and Thomas Bradley are also coming up in our regular workshop-style format, Shared Practice.
Image: Inside Inside by Lizzie Thomson, 2019, MAMA, Certain Realities, photo by Jules Boag
HAPPY HOUR #9
Lizzie Thomson Kristina Chan
When: 12–13 October
Tickets: $15 / $25
Tears of the Sinagang by Zachary Lopez
Tears of the Sinagang* is an attempt to integrate. This work will try not to overwhelm, take over nor steal jobs but will work towards diversifying our understanding about political scapegoating and its societal ramifications. *Sinigang: a Filipino soup
Zachary is a performer and emerging dance maker. A Filipino-Australian, he explores the dualities between his identities to understand cultural lineage and nationality within his choreographic practice. In 2019, he has worked with co-director of Punchdrunk (UK) Maxine Doyle, Marrugeku, Legs on the Wall and Amrita Hepi.
Dusking Dumbshow by Lizzie Thomson
As the night falls and the questions rise, Lizzie attempts to channel her inner cuckoo.
Corporate mantras are poached and misused as corporeal scores… if we’re quiet, we might hear the spiders and cockroaches in the corners of the space asking us, what are we doing?
Lizzie Thomson is a choreographer, performer and researcher living and working on Gadigal land of the Eora Nation. Her practice interrogates processes of embodiment in relation to cultural, historical and temporal forces.
Leaning into the Liminal by Kristina Chan
A collaboration between choreographer Kristina Chan & visual artist Lottie Consalvo, Leaning into the Liminal contemplates ideas surrounding perception & consciousness in relation to time, reality & the imaginary. Leaning into the Liminal has been supported by Catapult Dance, Propel Residency, Newcastle.
Kristina is a dancer & choreographer based in NSW, who’s choreographic practice explores environmental change & our relationship to nature. Lottie Consalvo is a Newcastle based artist, working across painting, performance & video. Her work explores the psychology of human experience with ideas surrounding desire, longing & the ungraspable being present within her work.
Miranda Wheen is an independent dancer based in Sydney. She has collaborated with companies and choreographers throughout Australia and internationally, including; Marrugeku, Martin Del Amo, Stalker Theatre, Shaun Parker and Company, Mirramu Dance Company, Dance Makers Collective and Restless Dance Theatre, among others.
Class with Miranda
Contemporary class includes formal exercises to attend to basic body support systems, improvisation to stimulate curiosity and self directed practice, and extended phrases to encourage the dance to be danced. Maintaining an attention to performance throughout, class will foster an appreciation of discipline as a way of accessing greater, or clearer, possibilities.
Shared Practice is a regular opportunity to engage in the practice of different professional dance artists in a creative, workshop-style format. Each session includes a form of warm-up before moving into improvisation and/or choreographic practices particular to the artist. The sessions are facilitated by established local dance artists and visiting national and international guest artists.
In this session, we will navigate the body through internal and external environments, by generating imagery and imagined atmospheres. I will share my process in how I attempt to make choreography and the influences I have had from my history of working and collaborating with esteemed peers and colleagues.
Kristina’s choreographic work includes; solo work A Faint Existence (Performance Space’s 2016 Liveworks Festival of Experimental Art Carriageworks, Sydney Opera House UnWrapped 2018 & Dance Massive 2019); MOUNTAIN commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre 2017/18; Summer commissioned by City Contemporary Dance Company Hong Kong 2018; Conform for Sydney Dance Company (Ludwigshafen Germany and Carriageworks 2015).
Thomas’s Shared Practice session ‘entry//exit play’ will include appropriated elements of Ankoku Butoh practice, using the body as a meeting point for imaginative internal and external forces. Latterly, a shared practice of Improvised Choreography will generate a group dynamic of choreographic play, starting from improvisation on clarity, no less. Bring something you would wear to a social dance.
Thomas is based in Brussels (BE), and 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.
You can now head to the website and make studio bookings at ReadyMade Works for 2020. Starting from just $12 per hour for solo artists, ReadyMade Works is dedicated to making affordable space available to dance and performing artists in Sydney.
The studio is available to hire for rehearsal, project, creative development, class, workshop, filming and solo practice purposes. Head to the website for information about rates and book in early to get your preferred dates. Get in touch with the ReadyMade Works caretakers regarding any enquiries.
CHLOE FOURNIER: MEA CULPA
Riverside Theatre and Form Dance Project’s Dance Bites present Chloe Fournier’s latest dance-theatre ensemble work, which re-evaluates the plasticity of the body as a technological landscape in scrutiny of the female form. More Information
PERFORMANCE SPACE: LIVEWORKS FESTIVAL
17–26 October 2019
Performance Space’s annual festival of experimental art takes place at Carriageworks, including choreographic works from Vicki Van Hout, Jo Lloyd and Deanne Butterworth, Joel Bray and Choy Ka Fai. More Information
DIRTYFEET: THE RIGHT FOOT
Saturdays, 5–26 October 2019
Creative contemporary dance workshops for people with and without disability between the ages of 14 and 26 years. FREE to participants. More Information
Image: Chloe Fournier by Alex Apt
About the Author
The ReadyMade Works Caretakers are: Rhiannon Newton & Adelina Larsson. More about them here.