We are delighted to announce that Sue Peacock will be in Adelaide July 11, 12, 13 and 14 teaching a series of choreographic workshops.

SOMETHING from NOTHING

Something from nothing is about starting a work with very little information prior to walking into the studio. You respond to what happens in the moment and what you see in front of you.

What happens from that point onwards depends on you or your interpretation of the things you observe and experience. The workshop will focus on choreographic process and structure.

Choreographies must be allowed to come into their own.  (Emanuel Gat) 

With a focus on facilitating work, these workshops reveal and unravel the way we make and look at dance. What are our habits and how do we make choices about process, content and structure?
What happens when you start from nothing, how do you find a work that you didn’t know was there? How do you do that with other people, by yourself?
How can you be responsive to what you see in front of you? Is this the work?
Come prepared, with your ideas and questions.

Each day will start with a warm up and finish with… What about…?  

A moment to debrief and unpack any questions that come up during the day.

STAGE ONE

"If you know what you do, you can do what you like” (Moshe Feldenkrais)

  • A brief look at some existing works / processes
  • Explore some pre-existing structures / improvisational tasks to challenge / discover your habits
  • Apply the principles to your own works or ideas for works
  • Collaborate - Devise-  Improvise - Borrow- Research - Construct -  Explore- Risk

STAGE TWO

"Choose six things, put them in the right order  “ (Jonathan Burrows after Cunningham)

  • Revisit what you liked from the previous day
  • A group process to reconsider or re-frame the material
  • Structure / content / context
  • Ask some questions around that
  • Work alone / work in relation to others

CONVERSATIONS in amongst things surviving as an independent artist commissions grant applications rejections praise rejections awards rejections inspiration curiosity affirmation rejections encouragement reinvention context geography strategies for survival

Whilst here, Sue will also conduct free morning classes for the independent dance community.  

Currently enrolled as a PhD student at WAAPA, Edith Cowan University, these classes are a small part of Sue’s research project titled Technique re-framed Body re-wired.  

The research is focused on how particular aspects of the Feldenkrais Method may be integrated with contemporary dance technique. The purpose is to create a new approach to dance technique training, one that combines somatic with aesthetic. 

ELIGIBLITY CRITERIA:

Participants must be independent dance artists or graduates from a tertiary course.
To apply please email a short biography and a statement of what you are interested in with regards to your dance and choreographic practice.

Where: Leigh Warren Studio, level 1 Lion Arts Centre, Cnr Morphett St & North Tce Adelaide
Cost: $44 PER SESSION


PARTICIPANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND AT LEAST TWO SESSIONS FOR MAXIMUM BENEFIT

You are also invited to participate in a free class

As the classes run in a series, it is preferred, but not necessary to attend all four. The classes will be videoed (for research purposes only) and we will have permission forms available each day.  

The classes will be 2 hours long, 9.30am-11.30am.

We will start slowly, working on internal sensitivity and awareness and progressing finally to full- bodied, challenging movement phrases.

If you wish to know more about the content and scope of the project you can contact Sue directly:
Email: (suepeacock@iinet.net.au) or (s.ridout@our.ecu.edu.au)    phone: 0409 335 099


About Sue Peacock

Sue has performed, taught and choreographed in most major cities in Australia. As a dancer, she has worked with many renowned choreographers, touring and performing nationally and internationally. Her choreographic credits include commissioned works for ADT, the One Extra Company, 2-Dance Plus, Chrissie Parrott Dance Company, WA Academy of Performing Arts, Steps, Expressions, Dance North and LINK Dance Company. Sue has received a Churchill and an ArtsWA Fellowship and her work/s have been recognised with state and national awards for choreography, performance, design and services to dance.

Sue was a founding member of STRUT dance and Artistic Program Manager for 10 years. Sue is currently a lecturer at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and also a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.


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