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OPPORTUNITY FOR PERFORMERS — INFORM #4
INFORM is a partnership between NORPA and Critical Path that aims to extend dance theatre practice in the Northern Rivers region. Through connecting local artists with leading practitioners from varied performance disciplines, we aim to provide opportunities for local performers to explore a combination of theatre forms in a highly experimental environment.
INFORM #4 welcomes to the region two of Australia’s leading physical theatre practitioners, theatre makers and teachers.
WA born Lee-Anne Litton and Argentinean born Alejandro Rolandi make up the Strings Attached duo. Between them, the pair has over two decades of professional experience in creating physical performance that combines aerial and dance into an aerial-focused physical theatre, collaborating both nationally and internationally with companies including Younes Bachir (Spain), Touch Compass Dance Company (New Zealand), Cie Bivouac (France), Backbone Youth Company (Brisbane, QLD) and Circus Maxima (Mandurah, WA). Presenting works at The Real Festival, Hoopla Festival, Rocks Village Bizarre, Underbelly Arts Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, Backbone Festival, Carriagework’s annual program and Pact Theatre.
Strings was founded in 2006 and has seen them produce major works: All That We Are (Todo Que Lo Somos), A Return to the Trees, The Ivory Tower, OJO, Air Bourne, The Experiment, The Foreign Installation and short works: Impermanence, Sound in Motion, 2nd Storey, Levity, In Common, Opposite Tangents, Time and Landscape and Stuffocation.
The week will see Strings Attached performance making duo Lee-Anne Litton and Alejandro Rolandi begin a conversation with the folk of the Northern Rivers about:
- Exploring the complex relationship between individual, place and collective, the pair will use their innovative methodology – combining aerial, dance and physical theatre – to unite the local community participants to generate a physical response to the site (buildings’ exteriors).
- Working in the open-air and public space, to democratise the creative process and nurture, in these globally challenging times, connection at a personal, local and global level.
Who is it for?
Performers aged 16+
The workshop will cater for a mix of performance abilities.
When: Tuesday 17th – Saturday 21st March
Tuesday – Friday, 3.30pm – 9pm (dinner break: 5.30 – 6.30pm)
Session 1: 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Session 2: 6.30pm – 9pm
Saturday, 11am – 5pm (lunch break: 1 – 2pm)
Session 1: 11am – 1pm
Session 2: 2pm – 5pm
Cost: $75 (meals included)*
This workshop is subsidised and made possible through funding by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, provided through Regional Arts Australia, and through our partnership with Critical Path.
Expressions of interest are now closed.
What artists say about INFORM
“I enjoyed collaborating and connecting with the different artists and everyone who participated in the project.”
“It was a safe, held space in which to test the boundaries of performance making. I felt very nourished by the whole experience.”
“So rich and inspiring. It was really a treat to once again be in a non-hierarchical, collaborative space with such talented and generous artists.”
This program is made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, provided through Regional Arts Australia.
A NORPA and Critical Path Collaboration
We have joined forces with Critical Path on a 2-year program that will explore and extend dance theatre practice in the Northern Rivers region. INFORM aims to create a space for opening up ideas and broadening skills at the intersection of dance and theatre making. A series of workshop-labs will consider how dance and choreography can underpin an embodied approach to theatre and provide different methodologies for performance making.
Four ‘workshop-labs’ will harness the skills of leading choreographers.
Find out more about INFORM: https://norpa.org.au/inform-partnership-critical-path/
Image: Kate Holmes
Artist Residency and Emerging Artist Intensive
The Indigenous Makers’ Studio is a new NORPA initiative supporting emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists originating from or residing in NSW, who have a strong desire to develop their performance practise.
Opportunities available included artist residencies and a workshop program for emerging artists led by Frances Rings and Kirk Page.
Find out more about the Indigenous Makers’ Studio: https://norpa.org.au/indigenous-makers-studio/
Image: Kate Holmes
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