Moving Ideas Residency 2019

Moving Ideas residency 2019-2020


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.

Main image credit: Anna Kuroda / Murasaki Penguin by Matthew Syres


Justin Shoulder

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 credit: Alex Davies

Jane McKernan

Jane McKernan is an Australian choreographer, recently returned from 4 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 (2014 Audience Choice for Keir Choreographic Award); 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, while continuing collaborations with local dance artists and deepening threads of inquiry related to 'unison'.

Image credit: Heidrun Löhr

David Huggins

David began dancing while studying psychology in New Zealand. After graduating from the VCA he worked consistently with Russell 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, collaborating with Brianna Kell as an outside eye.

Image credit: Matthew Syres

Kristina Chan

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 new work in progress Brightness.

Image credit: Clare Britton