There are exciting new opportunities to get into the studio at ReadyMade Works. This Wednesday we kick-off Shared Practice, a weekly opportunity to join us in the studio and engage in the movement, improvisation and choreographic practices of different dance artists. We are also delighted to be hosting Anton’s Yoga Joy on Tuesday mornings. As usual Independent Dance Classes continue, see below for upcoming teachers.
Also check out Nikki Heyward and Cleo Mee’s thoughtful reflections of our March Dance edition of Happy Hour, read about some of the great artists and projects currently calling ReadyMade home and get up to date on all the events happening around Sydney in May and June.
Image: Elle Evangelista DirtyFeet Choreographic Lab by Hayley Rose
This week we commence Shared Practice, a two-hour session that will run every Wednesday, 10am-12pm at ReadyMade Works. These weekly sessions are an opportunity to share and practice dancing together. Led by one of the ReadyMade Works caretakers, Rhiannon Newton, Adelina Larsson or Patricia Wood, the sessions will focus on different creative approaches to moving and improvisation methods, sharing the practices that feed into a choreographic process. An important part of our vision for ReadyMade Works is being an artist-led space where creative practice sits alongside caring for the space and the community it supports. We also hope to support guest and visiting artists to lead these weekly sessions in the near future.
Wednesday 29 May: Rhiannon Newton
Wednesday 5 June: Rhiannon Newton
Wednesday 12 June: Rhiannon Newton
Yoga Joy with Anton Tuesdays 8am-9:30amEvery Tuesday before Independent Dance Class Anton will be leading Yoga Joy. This is a spirited and physical Yoga Class designed to connect and awaken the mind, breath, body and spirit through Meditation, Chanting, Vinyasa and Pranayama. Bring your mat, a blanket or warm clothes and any small props you might need. This is a Community donation Yoga Class, suggested donation $10-$15.
Independent Dance Classes
Tuesdays 10am-11:30amIndependent Dance Classes (IDC) continue each Tuesday at ReadyMade Works. Classes are taught by industry professionals and are run by artists for artists. Come, get sweaty and swing a leg for just $10 (cash) each Tuesday at ReadyMade Works.
Tuesday 28 May: Rhiannon Newton
Tuesday 4 June: Rhiannon Newton
Tuesday 11 June: Ivey Wawn
Tuesday 18 June: Ivey Wawn
Tuesday 25 June: Emily Amisano
Tuesday 2 July: Emily Amisano
Tuesday 9 July: Emily AmisanoHead to the website for more information about Independent Dance Classes. Image: Clare Hawley
Reflections on Happy HourNikki Heyward and Cleo Mees have written two beautiful pieces reflecting on the March Dance edition Happy Hour featuring Katina Olsen, Murasaki Penguin and Ryuichi Fujimura.
Happy Hour #8 An Impression of What Happened,
By Nikki Heyward
“There are about 40 of us… gathered on the large wooden veranda of the old school building that houses ReadyMade. Rather than entering the building, choreographer Katina Olsen invites us to venture to a different but nearby location, and suggests that we notice the sky above us as we walk out into the world. En masse we compliantly head down the stairs and file into the back streets of Ultimo… a school class on excursion… paying attention to the late summer air on our skin and to the sounds around us.
We touch earth in the small local park… a vibrant green domesticated lawn… and sit to form a large egalitarian circle. We form a circle within an urban square. Katina’s simple welcome to country is warm and resonant…”
Read Nikki’s full piece on the ReadyMade Works website.
Happy Hour: Three Acts in the First and Second Person / ADSR Zine 002
By Cleo Mees
“The quiet, precise folding of the body. The measured sweep of an extended arm, measured rotation of the head, twist, wrap and unwrap. Your movement has the quality of sound in the snow: what sounds out is cushioned, dampened, has not its usual wetness or edge.
The two of you give me a thing that builds in pace and content without ever bottoming out into Full- Throttle. In hindsight, it makes sense – that last word, “NO”. (I recall Yvonne Rainer’s famous “No Manifesto”. No to full-throttle?) A quiet refusal, or resistance.”
Head to page 20 of ADSR Zine 002 to read Cleo’s full piece.
Image: Matthew Syres
Currently in the studio ‘plenty serious TALK TALK’ by Vicki Van Hout for Yirramboi Festival
We’ve been delighted to have Vicki Van Hout and her team in the studio remounting ‘plenty serious TALK TALK’ for it’s season at Yirramboi Festival at Arts House, Melbourne. Vicki shared an early-stage development of ‘plenty serious TALK TALK’ at Happy Hour #6 in 2017 and we congratulate her on the latest presentation of the work. Check out the great review Just Damn Good: plenty serious TALK TALK by Robert Reid for Witness Performance.DirtyFeet Choreographic Lab
Our partners at DirtyFeet have been in the studio for the first Choreographic Lab for the year. Lab recipient Emily Flannery and her dancers were exploring the influence of cultural heritage on our identity, asking how much of the way we see ourselves is shaped by the culture we’re a part of. Read more about the Choreographic Lab on DirtyFeet’s website.
‘Generations’ at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists
We are looking forward to hosting Martin del Amo and Anton, along with the collective, Big Muscle Small Heart in the studio throughout June. Both groups are in rehearsal for their upcoming double-bill for ‘Generations’ at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists in July. Martin and Anton will developing the work they presented for Happy Hour #7 at ReadyMade Works in 2018.
Image: Heidrun Lohr
Also happening in SydneyTalking Bodies: Amrita Hepi and Brooke Stamp 6 June, 7:30pm
Harold Park Community Hall (Tramsheds), Forest Lodge
The Talking Bodies lecture performance series returns with a one-off event for City of Sydney’s Late Night Library at the Tramsheds. Join Amrita Hepi and Brooke Stamp to get the inside story on the evocative and often daring ways dance artists use the body to challenge the way we see the world.
Passing It On by Ryuichi Fujimura and Lucky Lartey
6-8 June, 7:45pm
FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres
The latest Dance Bites season features two solos embodying movement shifts influenced by voices from the past to the present, looking back and forward.
SSHIFTT by Karul Projects 29 May-1 June
PACT Centre for Emerging Artists
SSHIFFT is exploring the practice of shapeshifting in a cultural and western context. How in the western world shapeshifting is part of a sci-fi reality and a distant future whilst in a cultural world it is our current reality, it is our past present and future.
Burrbgaja Yalirra / Dancing Forwards by Marrageku
30 May – 1 June, 8pm
A triple bill of solo works curated by Marrugeku’s Artistic Directors Dalisa Pigram and Rachael Swain. Exploring relationships with land and country through intercultural contemporary dance, each work challenges our sense of belonging in Australia.
Old Life/Dead Life by Sydney Experimental Arts Ensemble 21-25 May, 8pm
Old 505 Theatre A dance work exploring the origins of the universe and life on Earth. It is a celebration of the diversity and abundance of life, the complexities of systems and the difficulties we face as we enter the 6th mass extinction event.
Image: Amrita Hepi and Brooke Stamp by David Collins and Jacquie Shelton
ReadyMade Works available to hire
For classes, workshops, rehearsals and studio practice hire the beautiful ReadyMade Works studio. Rates begin from $12 per hour for solo artists and $22 per hour for unfunded groups. Head to the website to check the availability and make a booking using the online booking system. https://readymadeworks.com.au/space/
About the Author
The ReadyMade Works Caretakers are: Rhiannon Newton, Adelina Larsson & Patricia Wood. More about them here.