ReadyMade is excited to announce its three Moving Ideas Residents for 2017 who will be in the studio throughout October. They are Kathryn Puie, Sara Black and Melvin J. Montalbann and Thomas Bradley.
Supported by the City of Sydney the program offers three individuals or groups of dance artists a chance to have 50 hours of free space at the ReadyMade Studio and $2000 to assist with costs whilst in the space. We would also like to thank everyone who applied as we know it takes a great deal of time and effort to apply.
About the Residency
She will be exploring the framework of her own process of creating site-specific performance. Inquiring into the methods and approaches she takes consciously and instinctively in her creative response to a site. She will be using the ReadyMade studio and building as the site to create a series of vignettes. Drawing on her movement practices spanning across contemporary dance, physical theatre, bodyweather, improvisation and stilt acrobatics.
About the Artist
Kathryn trained at The West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Perth) and has an extensive history as a performer in various styles of dance, stilt walking, aerials and puppetry. Kathryn toured Australia performing in Branch Nebula’s Paradise City followed by a tour with Stalker Theatre Company throughout Holland, Belgium and the UK performing in outdoor stilt acrobatic spectacular, StiltBreak. Kathryn will tour to Singapore with Stalker Theatre Company and perform with Sydney’s independent dance company Dirtyfeet in work choreographed by Martin Del Amo.
Sara Black and collaborator Melvin J. Montalban
About the Residency
Sara and Melvin aim is to explore the relationship between the body and the camera in a first development of an ambitious site-specific dance film project. Their interests lie in exploring the body’s limitations in space. Physical laws most often define the intersection of dance and architecture; and they will be exploring these limitations by taking cues from surreal art and subverting the audience’s perception of space and physics. In this residency they will workshop how to achieve this shift of reality, particularly gravity, through choreography and film. They will use the opportunity to focus purely on the movement vocabulary and how it can be interpreted onto camera, exploring the power of the camera and how the crafting of what we capture can alter the viewers’ relationship and understanding of the movement. Photo: from Dual by Stephanie Lake
About the Artists
With a Bachelor of Dance from the Victorian College of the Arts, Sara has worked as a choreographer, performer, teacher and collaborator in Australia and internationally over the past 11 years. Her choreographic credits include Jasper Jones, Seventeen, Peter Pan (Belvoir); Value for Money (London premiere); Taction (Sydney dance company PPY); Act of contact (QL2); E-volve (CDDC); Fresh Produce (Rogue, Next Wave Festival Event). As a founding member of Rogue dance collective Sara co-created and choreographed new works Puck, Ocular Proof and Persona. Over the last eleven years she has performed and collaborated with Punchdrunk (UK), Protein Dance (UK), The Australian Ballet, Lucy Guerin Inc, NYID (David Pledger) and as a main collaborator and performer for Gideon Orbazanek’s Chunky Move where she toured extensively internationally. In 2008 she was awarded a Helpmann Award for best performer in a dance/physical theatre piece and has since been nominated for two Green Room awards in the same category.
Melvin J. Montalban
Melvin is a director and writer whose distinctively crafted visual style and sensitivity to drama has made him in demand across commercials and music videos. His romantic comedy short film Cupid premiered at Palm Springs International ShortsFest and has since been officially selected for 20+ film festivals including Cleveland IFF, Sedona IFF, Reel Shorts Film Festival in Canada, Short Shorts in Japan, Raindance in London, and Dungog here in Australia. His drama short Rope Burn has also been officially selected for 25+ film festivals worldwide. After graduating from AFTRS in 2008 with a Masters in Directing Film & TV, Melvin has since worked successfully in commercials, currently rostered with production company Infinity Squared, and in music videos where he has established long-term relationships with major labels Sony, Warner, EMI, and numerous independent labels. Melvin has recently received Screen Australia funding to develop web series Triple Oh!, is also writing his sci-fi feature film script The Artemis Fifty-Six, and is in pre-production for his psychosexual drama short Flesh Without Blood.
About the Residency
The residency will be used to deconstruct the choreography of Beyonce Knowles . The aim is to produce a short solo which includes 20 minutes of set Beyonce material,that includes Thomas’s own informed digression from such material. It is the notion of dance as entertainment and the examination of ‘famous’ movement that will be investigated during his residency.
About the Artist
Thomas trained at the New Zealand School of Dance. In 2010 he took his solo Manipulated Living to Tempo, New Zealand Festival of Dance where he was nominated for ‘Best Choreography by an Emerging Artist’, ‘Most Inspiring Performance’ and won ‘Best Performance by an Emerging Male Artist’. In his final year at the NZSD, Thomas spent a short period with Australian Dance Theatre performing excerpts of Be Your Self.In 2012, Thomas joined Sydney Dance Company where he remained for three years. During his time with SDC, Thomas performed in Rafael Bonachela’s 2 One Another (2012-2014), The Land of Yes and the Land of No (2012), Project Rameau (2012), Emergence (2013), Les Illuminations (2013), 2 in D minor (2014) and Scattered Rhymes (2014).Thomas also performed in Larissa McGowan’s Fanatic (2012-2013), Lisa Wilson’s Desire (2012), Alexander Ekman’s Cacti (2013), Gabrielle Nankivell’s Wildebeest (2014), Cass Mortimer Eipper’s Dogs and Baristas (2014), Jacopo Godani’s Raw Models (2014) and Adonis Foniadakis’s Parenthesis (2014). In 2015, he became an independent artist and has continued affiliation with the SDC DancED program facilitating dance education workshops.