Off the back of a sensational workshop with Rosalind Crisp, we take a moment to pause and reflect on our first six-months caretaking ReadyMade Works.
We send a heartfelt thanks to all of the community who have supported and made ReadyMade a temporary home, while looking forward we are excited to feel the energy and momentum of the full program of artists, events as residencies that are going to take us through to the end of the year!
Applications are now open for our funded Moving Ideas residencies, along with support for a regionally based artist.
We are pleased to be able to provide this paid opportunity for artists to work on what they need and want to do at ReadyMade. Read on for more info and visit the website for details on how to apply.
Shared Practice and Independent Dance Classes continue with great local artists leading the sessions coming up in August and September. We also welcome DirtyFeet back into the studio for Renata Commisso’s Choreographic Lab and also flag a ‘save the date’ for our nextHappy Hour coming up October!
Image: David Huggins, Kimberly McIntyre, Adelina Larsson in Rosalind Crisp Workshop image by Matthew Syres
Four funded Moving Ideas residencies are on offer from October 2019 to March 2020. Each residency provides one-week (40 hours) of residency at the ReadyMade Works studio along with an artist fee and small collaborator or production budget. Travel and accommodation support is also available for one regionally-based NSW artist.
Artists can apply for time and space in the studio to work on a creative project, explore a new idea or develop their practice. The residency is open to professional, emerging and established artists working with dance, choreography and movement based practices who are based in NSW.
Applications Close: 12 August 2019
Visit the ReadyMade Works website for more information and details on how to apply.
Image Credit: Anna Kuroda / Murasaki Penguin by Matthew Syres
ROSALIND CRISP WORKSHOP
ReadyMade Works hosted a workshop with Rosalind Crisp last weekend. It’s the third year in a row we’ve supported Rosalind to be here in Sydney and we would like to thank her for the invigorating, thought provoking and intensive learning and exchanging opportunity this provides for Sydney and NSW based artists. The photos say it all, but the participants had very rich and fulfilling days!
Images: Matthew Syres
HAPPY HOUR — Save the date!
12–13 October 2019
ReadyMade Works, Ultimo
Happy Hour is ReadyMade Works’ signature program for sharing the extraordinary practices of NSW based independent dance artists. Each edition of Happy Hour features short works from a diverse range of choreographers, dance makers and performing artists from across Sydney and NSW. The artists we have lined up for October with be announced in August.
Shared Practice is a regular opportunity to engage in the practice of different professional dance artists. The sessions are a chance to work with artists in a creative, workshop-style format. Each session includes a form of warm-up before moving into improvisation and/or choreographic practices particular to the artist. The sessions are facilitated by established local dance artists and visiting national and international guest artists. Shared practice is open to anyone who is interested in engaging in dance and choreography based practices. Note Shared Practice will not run for two weeks in August while we host the DirtyFeet Choreographic Lab.
July 31: Rhiannon Newton
August 7: Rhiannon Newton
August 28: Brooke Stamp
September 4: Omer Backley-Astrachan
RHIANNON NEWTON is an Australian dancer and choreographer. Drawing on practices of repetition, she creates performance works that study patterns of change and stasis within the body and our world. Her works have been presented nationally and internationally in contexts such as Dance Massive, Dancehouse Housemate, Brisbane Festival, March Dance, Festival 2018, Trois C-L (LX), Nagib On Stage (SL), Tanzhaus Zurich (CH) and Judson Church (USA). For Shared Practice Rhiannon shares some of the improvisation and choreographic processes involved in her current work.
BROOKE STAMP is a performer and choreographer. Her career spans a body of process driven, cross-disciplinary collaboration and experimentation, – bridging movement, improvisation, sound, installation and text for theatre and museum spaces. She’s developed a legacy as a teacher and dramaturgical mentor to emerging artists over the past two decades. Currently based in Sydney, Brooke was awarded Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship for Dance in 2017, and has an MFA from the UNSW Art and Design School.
OMER BACKLEY-ASTRACHAN is a NSW based dancer and choreographer. Originally from Israel, Backley-Astrachan has worked extensively overseas with an array of choreographers and dance companies such as Kamea Dance Company, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company 2, Idan Cohen Dance Company, Jerusalem Dance Theatre, Maya Levi, Sally-Anne Friedland, Rotem Tashach and more.
Independent Dances Classes are a weekly chance to get into the studio and train in the different techniques and movement practices of Sydney-based industry professionals.
July 30: Lee Serle
August 6: Jasmin Sheppard
August 13: Jasmin Sheppard
August 20 Jasmin Sheppard
August 27: Jasmin Sheppard
Lee Serle is a choreographer and performer creating dances for the stage, site-specific, interactive and participatory performance, Installations, and intimate solo dances.As a sought after performer Lee has collaborated with Trisha Brown Dance Company, Tere O’Connor Dance, Lucy Guerin Inc., Chunky Move (Gideon Obarzanek), Shelley Lasica, Antony Hamilton, Stephanie Lake, Byron Perry, and Colombian visual artist Mateo López. Lee’s class begins with mapping the body and mobilising the joints to allow for efficient movement pathways with the application of weight and momentum. Following this we will focus on oppositional coordination exercises finding differing points of initiation and dynamic redirection in preparation for complex movement phrases.
Jasmin Sheppard is a contemporary dancer and choreographer of a multicultural background. She is A Tagalak and Kurtjar woman from the Gulf of Carpenteria in North Queensland, and also has Chinese and Irish on her Father’s side,and has Irish, Hungarian and Czech heritage from her mother’s side. Her choreography comments on social issues and historical events, highlighting the voice of Indigenous and other minorities. Jasmin leads a contemporary dance class embedded with an Indigenous perspective, from finding ways that dancers can connect with country to the carefully curated eclectic international Indigenous music tracks. Her class has a strong focus on technical control interwoven with release technique for ease of movement.