Martin del Amo & Anton
Introducing their ongoing work-in-process, ARENA, Martin and Anton will talk about the project’s history, discuss themes being explored and share excerpts from the piece.
MARTIN DEL AMO is a Sydney-based choreographer and dancer. In recent years, his focus has been on creating group works and solos for others including Champions (2017) and Slow Dances For Fast Times (2013). His Helpmann Award-winning Anatomy of an Afternoon, which premiered at the Sydney Opera House in the 2012 Sydney Festival, was presented with great success at Southbank Centre London in 2014. Martin is a recipient of the 2015 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships.
ANTON is a Sydney-based arts professional whose work in the dance sector spans 20 years, in a variety of roles — performer, choreographer, producer, movement director, rehearsal director, film maker and teacher. As a performer, he has worked with some of the most highly regarded choreographers in the country. His credits as a maker include full-length ensemble piece Supermodern (2012) and several award-nominated dance films. Anton currently works as rehearsal director for Bangarra Dance Theatre.
A short theatre piece about searching, escaping and levitating.
He turned the handle of the door, and carefully pushed it open.
In the room with the honey-coloured floorboards and shelves
in which all the books were piled higgledy-piggledy, was…..
a desk, two chairs, a lamp, a typewriter and a window that
stretched almost to the ceiling.
The window was wide open, and she was nowhere to be seen.
— ‘Finding Serendipity’, Angela Banks
KATHY COGILL is a teacher, performance maker, dancer and actor, with a Diploma in Dance, (Victorian College of the Arts, 1984) and a Degree in Acting (NIDA, 2001). She has worked and performed with Urban Theatre Projects, Marregeku, with Les Ballets C. de la B. in Belgium, (in La Tristeza Complice and La Sortie), Companie Vicente Saez in Spain (UADI), Robert Wilson, Diez y Diez Dansa (Madrid), Compania de Danca de Lisboa, Julie Bogard & Random Scream.
In Australia, she has performed with Force Majeure, Australian Dance Theatre, Opera Australia, Dance Exchange, Dance Works, Human Veins, The One Extra Company and others. More recently, she has had the great opportunity to work collaboratively with artists such as Nelly Benjamin, Julie-Anne Long, Ensemble Offspring, Sam James, Nigel Kellaway, Nikki Heywood and Katia Molino. Kathy teaches yoga in Sydney for Elixr and many others, as well as running her own yoga and meditation retreats and workshops.
A spoken sound dance duet by Nikki Heywood & Tony Osborne
2 performers traverse a meandering ribbon of meaning between them as the unavoidable text creates itself in the age of elasticity.
TONY OSBORNE is a multi-discipline performance artist. He has collaborated with Nikki Heywood, Andrew Morrish, Ashley Dyer, Hans Van den Broeck’s (Belgium), Imogen Cranna and many others in dance and improvisation. He has performed Roman Ondak’s Swap 5 times over the last 4 years (2013/14 Sydney, 2014 Basel, 2015 Shanghai, 2017 New York). As a vocalist in 2016 he performed with Splinter Orchestra and TQM4F1 at the Tectonics Festival as part of the Adelaide Festival. His duet project as vocalist with sax player Andrew Fedorovitch has been presented at the Nownow Festival Sydney and at Studio 8 Berlin in 2014. He continues his teaching practice (since 2002) of body-based, vocal/narrative improvisation in Sydney and is organiser of the annual Canberra improvisation event, Precipice. His dance journey started in 1985 with Still Moves Dance Laboratory.
NIKKI HEYWOOD is an interdisciplinary performance maker whose body of work spans four decades as performer/devisor/director/dramaturg and writer. Heywood’s expertise centres on somatic practices that create insight into bodymind intelligences and she sees our animal nature as prime generative source for sound, text and movement. Nikki regularly engages in body centred performance research, including an upcoming Responsive Residency at Sydney’s Critical Path. Between 2010–16 she developed and presented series, museum of the sublime: relics #1–10 as practice component of her Creative Doctorate with the University of Wollongong.