Choreolab: 27-30 April 2011
Chunky Move is excitted to announce a special collaboration between Berlin-based Australian musician and performance artist, Joanna Dudley and Chunky Move’s Artistic Director Gideon Obarzanek for our 2011 Choreolab Workshops.
Chunky Move’s Choreolab initiative offers Australian dancers, choreographers and performance makers the opportunity to develop their skills and gain insight into choreographic practice from notable dance and performance practitioners. This four-day workshop with Joanna Dudley and Gideon Obarzanek would best suit choreographers, directors, dancers, actors and performance makers.
The workshops will focus on the connection between voice and movement: voice generated from movement and movement generated from voice. In synthesising Dudley’s and Obarzanek’s specific individual practices that have been developed separately for over twenty years, these workshops will provide fertile ground for new ideas.
Much of the focus will be about the collective action of the group, or how individuals respond within a group. In listening and looking we will search for structures and patterns that connect individuals, as well as how the collective also fragments and breakdowns. Voice is concerned with harmony and dissonance - the formation and breakdown of music - while movement is focused on group behaviour such as copying and the effect of one person on another.
Joanna Dudley is an acclaimed Australian director, performance artist and musician, who works internationally, creating music, theatre, installation and choreography. Joanna’s studies in music began at the University of Adelaide Conservatorium, and the Netherland’s Sweelink Conservatorium. This was followed by studies in traditional Japanese music in Tokyo, and traditional music and dance in Java.
While working in Berlin as a guest director and performer at the Schaubuehne, Joanna created collaborative works including My Dearest, My Fairest with Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola which was most revently performed at Théâtre Bouffe Du Nord Paris. Other collaborations have included The Scorpionfish with Rufus Didwiszus, Who Killed Cock Robin? With the Flemish ensemble Capilla Flamenca, and LOUIS & BEBE with electro musician Scheider TM. Joanna has also collaborated with Sasha Walz, Thomas Ostermeier, Falk Richter, Les Ballets C de la B, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Heiner Goebbels.
Joanna’s musical works have toured the world extensively, as has her sound installation Tom’s Song which was first presented at the 2006 Sonambiente Festival. She is also a regular guest lecture in performance at arts institutions around the world. This year, Joanna is the artist in residence at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre.
Gideon became interested in dance towards the end of high school and after graduating deferred science at university to study at the Australian Ballet School. He later danced with the Queensland Ballet and the Sydney Dance Company before working as an independent performer and choreographer with various dance companies and independent projects within Australia and abroad.
Founded in 1995, Gideon Obarzanek’s company Chunky Move has earned an enviable reputation for producing a distinct yet unpredictable brand of genre-defying dance performance. Obarzanek’s works have been diverse in form and content and include stage productions, installations, site-specific works and film. His multi-award winning works have been performed in many festivals and theatres around the world in the U.K, Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Choreolab is a free program, however places are limited and subject to a selection process. Download the application form below or contact Stephanie Preston, Office & Program Coordinator at email@example.com. Applications close 5pm Monday 4 April.
Please note, Choreolab will also feature in Sydney as part of the 2011 Critical Path program, 3 - 6 May. Go to www.criticalpath.org.au or phone (02) 9362 9403 for more information.
Choreolab 2011 is presented in partnership with Critical Path and is an initiative of the IETM - Australia Council for the Arts collaboration project.