After a busy year with performance projects, Strings Attached, Nervous and Versailles, Australian Dance Party is this year running a new weekly program focusing on creative practice and collaborative process, supported by QL2 Dance.
Janine Proost and Gabe Comerford in development of ‘Strings Attached’, August 2016
“CO.LAB” which will run on Fridays 10am-4pm at QL2 Dance Studio is:
“a space for invited professional dance artists and creative collaborators to engage in physical research, artistic exchange and processes experimentation.”
“It has been an energised start to 2016, with many projects on the go in the studio and out. During Canberra’s busy arts festival time I have worked collaboratively with awesome local artists creating ‘Autumn Lantern‘ for Enlighten and ‘Sprout‘ for Art, Not Apart amidst commencing QL2 classes and ‘Connected’ Quantum Leap at the Playhouse rehearsals.
‘Autumn Lantern‘ at Enlighten Festival, was a joy to create and perform amidst a handful of great artists; violinist Michael Liu, dancers Olivia Fyfe, Debora Di Centa and Susanna Defraia and guitarist Tyson Jones. The costumes had us dipped head to toe in white and trimmed with illuminating hooped skirts — a huge component for the success of this piece. Thanks to Hemmi and Tanya Voges! Continue reading
Alongside the chaos of creating for QL2’s All the things, this past month I have engaged in some rather out of the ordinary projects, involving some quirky external players and objects.
Its not often that a dance artist, or anyone for that matter would see themselves playing and moving with a drone. I get to!
Jam session with Jacob Lehreh and David Corbet, 21 Sept 2015
Alison: Following Precipice Improvisation festival, which I was fortunate able to catch a glimpse of in the final performance Sunday afternoon, I chatted with David and Jacob who were keen to engage in more of an extended practice together while they were here in Canberra. Something they do every thre months. They invited me in to be part of it, and particularly as outside eye to their ongoing performance improvisation practice.
We began with an old tool called the underscore developed by Nancy Stark Smith a way to enter into, develop and reflect on an improvisation. We danced for an hour. It was reinvigorating to engage with the two gents on the floor, and to notice my own body and mind respond to the process. I enjoyed being a soloist, a partner, a voyeur, amongst the tangle of limbs and the island of space.
Wow, an intense couple of weeks approaches its climax with two Canberra emerging arts festivals Art Not Apart and You Are Here.
I have been in the workplace, on site at NewActon and in the theatre at QL2 the past three weeks amidst ‘normal’ activities creating WORK IT, Site Effects and choreography for Sound & Fury.
WORK IT is a project unique to my process and practice though combining all that inspires me and motivates me to make and perform work. It is a multimedia site dance piece exploring that often repetitive, taxing and yet incredibly intrinsic activity, work. It challenges and reveals our we experience work its interconnectivity amidst an increasingly distant and social disconnected world. What is the business that we do and why do we do it?
Amidst the chaos of the recently completed QL2 junior project For The Win, and kicking off a regional youth project in Cowra and Bathurst — Clique — I have also been working to finish off a collaboration with local Director Simone Thompson. The project is a short film titled Warrior which follows the story of Laura, a girl in her twenties juggling new love, self doubt and pressures to perform.
Strange Attractor was one intensely enriching week of dance, development, discussion. As one of the project producers, along with the unstoppable Adelina Larsson and Jamie Winbank, I was overjoyed to see the vision of the project evolve from its first incarnation in 2013 to one that has enabled such a fertile ground for artist development.
The project this year saw nine dance artists connected to Canberra, many of whom had worked together previously in various capacities here and beyond the ACT, selected to participate in a week long choreographic development lab including audience showings at Gorman Arts Centre and QL2 Dance. The week enabled rare opportunities for artists to share creative practice/methodologies, engage in critical/peer feedback, and exposure and dialogues with audiences. Continue reading