Join us this weekend for our first edition of Happy Hour for 2019. Featuring three new short-works from Katina Olsen, Murasaki Penguin and Ryuichi Fujimura, we are thrilled to be kicking off March Dance and celebrating Mardi Gras with work from these remarkable Sydney-based dance artists.
Happy Hour has become an important stage for local choreographers to showcase their new creations and we are we are thrilled to present these artists, whose work fully embodies the diverse and self-defined nature of independent dance practice in Sydney. As artists who are forever busy developing and presenting their work overseas and interstate we are delighted to give them a home here at ReadyMade to share their current projects. Read more about the artists and what they’ll be offering below.
We look forward to seeing you this weekend for dance and drinks as the sun sets over the balcony of ReadyMade Works. Don’t forget to grab your tickets, bookings are essential!
Ryuichi Fujimura is an independent dance artist based in Sydney who has been making choreography for thirteen years. His unique auto-ethnographic approach to solo work, has recently seen his creations toured to Finland for LONELY IN THE RAIN? and Taiwan for 2018 Taiwan Dance Platform. We are delighted to be sharing his new solo work, ‘Fall! Falter!! Dance!!!’ for Happy Hour, in which Ryuichi dares to fail, fail again and keep on dancing. Ryuichi is also busy preparing this new solo for the Site Responsive Showcase at Abbottsford Convent for Dance Massive later this month.
Image: Ryuichi Fujimura’ Fall! Falter!! Dance!!’ by Mayu Kanamori
Murasaki Penguin is an interdisciplinary collaboration between dancer / choreographer Anna Kuroda and sound / multimedia artist David Kirkpatrick. Based in Western Sydney, their work crosses cultures and the boundaries of dance, sound, video, electronics and large scale installation – with a focus on interactivity and live performance. David and Anna will be sharing a new work in Happy Hour that they are currently developing for Raw Moves, Singapore later this year. Continuing their collaborative practice of bringing together movement and sound this work examines the systems through which we live and the tensions that arise from their disruption.
Image: Murasaki Penguin by Erin Chiba
Katina Olsen is a proud Wakka Wakka and Kombumerri dancer and choreographer based between Sydney and the Sunshine Coast. Her choreographic interests lie in the fusion of her Indigenous cultural dance and story with contemporary dance, film, theatre, moving sculpture and installation. For Happy Hour she continues the evolution of her solo work ‘namu nunar’, which premiered at Festival 2018 on the Gold Coast. Katina’s ongoing research into connections between the stars, cosmology and the land, which underpinned her exquisite piece ‘Mother’s Cry’, for Sydney Dance Company for their New Breed season at Carriageworks in 2018, here extends into unique solo work.
Image: Katina Olsen ‘namu nunar’ by Trina Cary
HAPPY HOUR 2–3 March 6pm, ReadyMade Works Ultimo
For March Dance ReadyMade Works is proud to be offering important time for artists to get into the studio to develop and share their work. Focused on creative practice and peer-to-peer exchanges, Constant Relay is supporting six local artists with space at the beautiful ReadyMade Works studio in Ultimo and structured times for exchanging practices and ideas.
ReadyMade is delighted to support these artists who will be working and sharing practices in studio over four days throughout March.
Martin del Amo
Tuesday 5 March: Rhiannon Newton
Tuesday 12 March: Lee Serle
Tuesday 19 March: Zachary Lopez
Tuesday 26 March: Adelina Larsson
Check out more information about IDC and the upcoming teachers here.
Launching this week, ReadyMade Works is very proud to be partnering with Critical Path and DirtyFeet to deliver March Dance, an exciting new platform showcasing independent contemporary dance in Sydney. With over 70 artists currently involved, it is going to be a big month of dance making, watching and discussion. Along with joining us for Happy Hour here are a couple of recommendations to guide you through the first week of March Dance.
TALKING BODIES – Julie-Anne Long
7 March 8:30pm, Surry Hills Library
Featuring ReadyMade Work’s former co-director and ongoing board member, Julie-Anne Long presents the first in a series of lecture performances. Tracing connections between real-life stories, the big topics of our time and dance, this series affords new insights into the evocative and often daring ways dance artists use the body to challenge how we see the world. A part of City of Sydney’s Late Night Library Program, Talking Bodies also features lecture performances from Bhenji Ra and Ivey Wawn.
1–2 March 7:45pm, Riverside Theatre
Presented by FORM Dance Projects, Helpmann Award winning contemporary dancer, Richard Cilli and three-time APRA Art Music Award winning percussionist, Claire Edwardes unite their distinct virtuosic talents to create a unique double-act, directed by acclaimed director and choreographer Gideon Obarzanek.
BODIES, SPACE AND THE ANTHROPOCENE
6 March 6pm, 107 Projects
Building on the 2019 Sydney Festival Talking Dance: Hacking the Anthropocene by Critical Path and Strange Attractor, this event pick ups the conversation, inviting choreographers to reflect on the process of making work in artist-non-artist collaborations and ways of thinking-through-practice in the Anthropocene.
WORKSHOP – Amrita Hepi and Jahra Wasasala
1 March 11am, Critical Path Drill Hall
Join first nations choreographer, Amrital Hepi and dancer, choreographer and poet, Jahra Wasasala for a workshop that builds on their week of residency at Critical Path’s Drill Hall.
Head to the March Dance website to see the full program and map out your month of dance ahead!
Outside the Studio:
ReadyMade Works partner organisation, DirtyFeet currently have Expressions of Interest open for The Choreographic Lab. Providing a safe environment where early career professionals can come together to explore their creative practice, The Choreographic Lab facilitates a choroegrapher’s development of a methodology and skills, and can be the first steps towards the creation of new work.