Artists in residence 2018
NORPA Associate Artist Emma Saunders will be in residence in NORPA’s studio during 12-16 February 2018.
Emma will be developing a new solo dance work Dancing With Myself . As part of her research she will be inviting guests into the space, including NORPA Associate Director Kirk Page, Josephine Saunders (her mum) and Kimberley McIntyre.
Please come along and join Emma for a showing of her work in progress on Friday 16 February at 3pm.
If you wish to join Emma in her dance practice she will also be running a free warm-up class for the public on Wed 14, Thurs 15 and Fri 16 February from 10-11am in the NORPA studio.
NORPA Associate Artist Darcy Grant will be in residence, in NORPA’s studio, during 16-27 April 2018. Darcy will be joined by performers Lewie West and Meike Lizotte, and together they’ll be developing Circus Mundane.
Darcy says “The show was created by myself and a couple of my friends, because we wanted to hang out more. So we schemed up an idea where the heart of the piece is how in any relationship with another person, they get more complicated over time. Whether it’s your kid, your partner, or your mate, life happens and things get more challenging. I like starting from a really loose place, and building physical things, and then seeing what they tell me in terms of content and themes. As opposed to regular theatre, or dance, I find with circus making, you’ve to carve out the physical work before you arrive at what the central idea is. By pulling apart the movement, you can find out what it means. Rather than saying, ‘I’m going to be Romeo and you’re going to be Juliet and I’m going to do some backflips toimpress you’ we take a mundane act like folding clothes and we see how two people can do the most complicated, virtuosic, folding of a shirt. When that’s happening, and it’s working, you don’t need any words.”
Our Artist-in-residence program is supported by the Australia Council.