2018 we are coming for you!
Image Martin Fox, Artist Benjamin Hancock Happy Hour 2017
In a world that is increasingly topsy-turvy we are met with constant challenges on a day-to-day basis – socially, politically and environmentally. It is in this environment that art and art making can provide a way to navigate unknown territories and question and interrogate our lives with creativity and purpose. Acting with passion, defiance and always with compassion, we can move forward. We understand the role of the artist in the stories we tell of our time, in reflection and projection of the potential and the possibilities of our hopes for the future. It is this potentiality that motivates and compels artists, artist run spaces, artist-run-initiatives to keep persisting against the odds – with and without funding – with and without external validation – with and without the appropriate resources. Despite the challenges, artists are changing the world, at times very loudly, but mostly very quietly and imperceptibly.
The coming insurrection will not be semiotic but will grow and gain strength through proximities between bodies, between spirits, between dances.
Marten Spanberg ‘Seventeen Points of the Future of Dance’
So, we tip our hats to all those amazing artists, from near and far, but especially to the artists who make ReadyMade Works such a special and stimulating space for community, experimentation and craft. We welcome the challenges and we thank each and every one of you for your support in 2017.
2018 we are coming for you… in a year that will be filled with imagination, dancing and endless possibility. Let’s do this!
ReadyMade Works is passionately dedicated to providing a low-fi home for the independent dance community in Sydney through creative developmental support, access to a subsidised dance dedicated space, passion for the craft and a place of community!
First up we would like to share some exciting staff and board changes:
Welcome Justine Shih Pearson
We would like to welcome the amazing Justine Shih Pearson as ReadyMade Works new Chair. We are absolutely thrilled that she has come on as Chair with her incredible depth of experience and passion for dance.
I am overjoyed to be joining the stellar ReadyMade team and lending my support to the work of the Board. Our co-directors, Sam and Julie-Anne are stalwarts and longtime engineers of the independent dance sector in Sydney. The organisation is so crucial to Sydney’s performance arts scene, providing both the physical space needed by hardworking dancers, choreographers and directors to test ideas and keep physical practices going… as well as the more ephemeral supports of context, camaraderie, and community to help hold up that hard work. We are always stronger by doing things together, and ReadyMade is a formidable network of artist-led ingenuity and can-do attitude!
Justine Shih Pearson 2018
Trained originally in theatre design at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Justine has worked in the field for nearly twenty years, developing a particular interest in intercultural and interdisciplinary practices. She has collaborated on over thirty productions across film, new media, and live performance; and her design work has been presented in Australia, the UK, US, Canada, Europe and SE Asia. Justine works closely with independent artists in particular, supporting critical discourse around practice. She has worked in leadership positons in the arts industry as producer of ReelDance (2007-2009) and acting director of choreographic research centre Critical Path (2012-2013; 2015). Justine holds an MA (New York University) and PhD (University of Sydney) in performance studies. She has taught in the areas of interactive and mediated performance, dance and movement theory, and performance and cultural practice at the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, and Macquarie University.
Julie-Anne Long now co-director alongside RMW founder Samantha Chester.
In order to more fully support the independent dance community and the running of the Studio in 2018, Julie-Anne Long has stepped down as Chair and is now on the ground in Sydney as co-director.
Julie-Anne Long is an artist-scholar and Lecturer in Dance and Performance at Macquarie University. She works in a variety of dance contexts as performer, choreographer, director, producer, mentor, dramaturg, and curator. Julie-Anne has a significant solo practice, as well as a more communal, collaborative way of working with other like-minded artists, within the diversity of Australian contemporary performance.
Julie-Anne will work closely with Sam, who continues her vision for Readymade alongside her role as WAAPA’s Movement Co-ordinator for Acting and lecturer for Acting and Performance Making in Perth. To contact either of the directors about our programs or with project ideas please email:
2017 in REFLECTION
Image: Martin Fox, Artist Sara Black 2017 Happy Hour
It was another year of great programs at the ReadyMade Studio in Ultimo!
We were very happy to receive our first ever project funding from ARTS NSW to roll out a more substantial program in 2017. First off the mark was our MOVING IDEAS residency program where we offered 10 weeks of free space during 2017 and a $1000 stipend to support the development of new dance and movement work. The successful artists were April Vardy, Katina Olsen and Aleksandra Borys, Ivey Wawn, Rakini Devi, Raghav Handa, Adelina Larsson and Rhiannon Newton, Rob McCreadie and Joel Bray.
“These two weeks were absolutely instrumental in initiating a first development with my European collaborator Aleksandra Borys on our new work with focuses on the relationship of the human body to the night sky from Western and Indigenous perspectives. ReadyMade was such an incredible place to initiate our project and has now given us a launch pad to take what we’ve created over this time to then share and continue developing our ideas to hopefully present a full length work in 2018/19.” Katina Olsen
Support from Arts NSW also made it possible for us to deliver HAPPY HOUR which was the inspiration of Linda Luke, who continued to facilitate and curate the program alongside two other respected artists:
Happy Hour 1# Narelle Benjamin: featuring performances by Julie-Anne Long, Timothy Ohl and Benjamin Hancock and a video installation by Martin Fox and Linda Luke.
Happy Hour 2# Martin Del Amo: featuring Rosie Dennis, Raghav Handa and Sara Black.
Happy Hour 3# Linda Luke: hosted by Critical Path, highlighted the work of Lucky Lartey, Vicki van Hout and Matt Cornell and a new film animation by Heidrun Lohr and Hans Bildstein.
In 2017 we co-produced FIRST RUN, which was facilitated by Rhiannon Newton and Brooke Stamp, in partnership with Critical Path. We are extremely pleased to be associated with FIRST RUN, which was initiated by Lucy Guerin in Melbourne. Artists who shared work in 2017 were Ryuichi Fujimura, Lizzie Thomson, Patricia Wood, Omer Backley-Astrachan, Sue Healey and Adam Warburton.
Other RMW Team achievements in 2017:
Image: Martin Fox, Artist Raghav Handa Happy Hour 2017
- We attracted $40,000 from ARTS NSW for more extensive programs
- We hired a studio manager Patricia Wood and we have been able to pay her!
- We increased our studio income!
- We raised $5,000 to support for the studio!
- We donated significant in-kind and subsidised space to IDC (Independent Dance Classes), Ausdance NSW (DAIR) and the amazing Dirty Feet clan.
- We received $12,000 from City of Sydney to assist in the administration and teaching artists fees for IDC as well as two local programs.
- With the support of RMW Linda Luke completed Dance Diaries Ultimo – the film was glorious and the screening was attended by a large number of proud community participants and their friends and families.
- We were able to support employment of the dance community – part-time and casual – 20 artists all up!
- We held a workshop with internationally acclaimed Ros Crisp.
- We were able to support 7 paid residencies throughout the year.
- We were able to support our first national dance residency to a LINK graduate from WA.
- We were able to provide heavily subsidised space to the theatre and dance community.
- We received an A rating from the City of Sydney which means we are meeting our KPI’s and then some…
The space was used for 1278 hours.
- We gave away 562 hours of space to the community through programs and supporting other initiatives.
- We now have signs for the space to assist with the branding and to heighten our visibility so you now know where we are!
- The space was painted by the City of Sydney and the toilet and windows were painted and fixed.
Stay tuned to the ReadyMade Website for details of these programs and more in 2018, especially the MOVING IDEAS Residency – applications will open in May 2018 if our funding request is successful!
dance, dance otherwise we are lost! Pina Bausch
Mikayla Nangle Dirtyfeet Choreographic LAB 2017 held at the ReadyMade Studio
In November 2017 we launched our Fundraising campaign which raised $4,200 towards the running of the studio for 2018. These donations are especially crucial due to the fact that we missed out on critical funding from Create NSW for 2018. We have re-applied so let’s hope we have some better news soon – we will persist. As you may know ReadyMade employs a P/T Studio Manager (very part-time!) with volunteers, mostly the RMW Directors and Board, providing the majority of other tasks necessary for the smooth running of the studio and progressive programming. So every donation is important and has contributed to keep RMW doors open for 2018. We are extremely grateful.
These are the dancing champions who supported the campaign in 2017;
Renee Newman, Bibi Serafim, Sandra Eldridge, Debra Freeman, Victoria Hunt, Jo Pollitt, Wendy McPhee, Samantha Chester, Craig Hughes-Cashmore, Marissa Yeo, Lizzie Thomson, Anthony Wong, David Bruce, Linda Luke, Sue Healey, Elle Evangelista, Annalouise Paul, Yana Taylor, Laura Sheedy, Nikki Heywood, Harley Stumm, Kim Spinks, Raghav Handa, Dean Walsh, Narelle Benjamin, Martin del Amo, Julie-Anne Long, Xin Hui Ong, Rosalind Richards, Anneliese Kirk, Diane Busuttil, Rakini Devi, Julia Cotton, Ravenna Bouckaert, Sue Healey’s, Alejandro Rolandi, Imogen Cranna, Sarah Butler, Frances Barbe, Kristina Chan, Rosie Dennis, Ryuichi Fujimura, Anthea Doropoulos, Megs & Rosi Lewis & Lembke, BPA WAAPA First Years, Charemaine Seet,Chimene, Steele-Prio Katy Green Loughrey, Tim Darbyshire, Cecilia Morrow, Amelia Burke, Yvonne Frindle, Miranda Wheen, Theron Schmidt, Michael Wood, Justine Shih Pearson and Su Goldfish
Thank you City of Sydney!!
We were very excited to receive City of Sydney funding that will support the Independent Dance Classes (IDC) held at the ReadyMade Studio. This funding will go toward ongoing administration and most importantly fees for the IDC teaching artists throughout 2018. This will assist in the ongoing sustainability of IDC as a key resource for the independent dance community in Sydney.
The City of Sydney funding will also make possible another professional development program later in the year. danceLIFE will be a series of studio lectures with guest artists and arts workers that looks to interrogate the real picture of what it is to be an independent dancer and how one survives! So stay tuned for more information about IDC which will commence at the start of February and later danceLIFE.
The ReadyMade Studio in Ultimo would not be possible without the support of the City of Sydney and their amazing Team!
Independent Dance Classes (IDC) will be back in 2018.
IDC back in 2018
Now in its fourth year, IDC is run as a co-operative, by artists for artists and is supported by ReadyMade Works. Taught by industry professionals it was formed out of a desire and passion to have a regular open space to take class, train, share practice and to connect with an independent dance network in a supportive environment.
IDC will return in 2018 with classes commencing on Tuesday
6th February 2018.
Sydney IDC (Independent Dance Classes) offers weekly classes located conveniently at the ReadyMade Studio in Ultimo. Classes run every Tuesday so there are lots of opportunities to teach as well! The teaching roster will rotate every 1–2 weeks and we welcome young artists to lead a class. If you are interested please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with potential dates; a short class description (max 100 words); and a short bio (max 100 words).
Come and connect at IDC with independent dance makers and teachers.
FROM OUR FRIENDS AT FORM DANCE
check out these amazing upcoming works and events –
by Israeli choreographer Omer Backley-Astrachan.
Dark and enchanting, Valley is set on a frozen and desolate Arctic island where a small society of four co-exist. Through Backley-Astrachan’s exquisite choreography, Valley explores solitude, vulnerability and sensuality. Valley features Backley-Astrachan, Sharon Backley-Astrachan, Allie Graham and Matthew Mizyed. The work premiered at the 2017 Summer Dance Festival in Tel Aviv. It is exquisite.
15 – 17 Feb FORM Dance Projects
Valley + Mr Gaga Special offer
Watch the Film, See the show
Valley is a dark and enchanting dance work set on a frozen and desolate Arctic island where a small society of four co-exist. Through Backley-Astrachan’s exquisite choreography, Valley explores solitude, vulnerability and sensuality. Documentary film Mr Gaga tells the fascinating story of Israeli choreographer and creator of the unique Gaga movement language, Ohad Naharin. The influences of Gaga and the Israeli movement style can be seen throughout Backley-Astrachan’s works including the choreography in Valley. A fascinating pair to enjoy together or give as a gift.
$40 + booking fee
Valley Trailer: https://vimeo.com/227532122
Mr Gaga Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6gd8xpFMsM
The ReadyMade People!
Lastly we want to say thank you to the ReadyMade people who make this organisation possible – RMW’s new Chair Justine Shih-Pearson, Boardies Su Goldfish, Linda Luke (Happy Hour Facilitator) and Rhiannon Newton ( First Run Facilitator) and outgoing Treasurer and Board Members, Giles Guneskara and Cass Chester. Thank you to the amazing Rhys Morris who volunteers his expertise and does all the design work for RMW. Big thank you also to our wonderful Studio Manager Patricia Wood, who juggles her Readymade activities alongside her own artistic practice. Check out their amazingness here: https://readymadeworks.com.au/people/
We are looking forward to what this fantastic year will bring!!
Sam Chester and Julie-Anne Long
co-directors ReadyMade Works