July - Aug 2018
Ben-Hur talks about the Chic Mystique

Through the LWDance Hub residencyI was able to initially meet with and bring together the artistic talent and creative innovators I needed for this work. We gathered each weekend on pre-arranged dates to look at ways of combining music, performance and technology through diverse stage settings. Performative by nature, held across 4 x 6 hour working days over 5 weeks and with the aim of working as a team, they were able to effectively utilize the Dance Hub space through hour by hour structured studio time. This enabled #thestylecollaborative to discover, try-out, experiment and implement ideas while contributing to a new, developing methodology. Core group fellows were/are selected for their skills and expertise with Justin Coppock and Robert Koster contributing to the digital graphics, musical and technical aspects; Jake Walasek and Ellicia Britton on executing the choreography and dance elements as I undertook creative and artistic directorship tasks.

About Ben:

Ben-Hur Winter is a Cultural Production Specialist, Performing Arts Professional, (CALD) Community Arts Worker, Stylist and Arts Projects Manager undertaking Directorship roles. His work draws on organic processes, collaboration across art forms and Community Cultural Development.

Of Filipino heritage,  Ben is  a cultural and contemporary dancer, choreographer, teaching artist and stage make-up practitioner. He has performed with Outlet Dance (1993-95); the State Opera of South Australia (1992-93) and the touring company of ‘Cats’ (1995-1996) under the Artistic Direction of Joanne Robinson. In the Philippines (2002-2011) he worked with renowned Philippine dance companies Airdance, Seven Contemporary Dance Company, Locsin Dance Workshop, AlunAlun Dance Circle and St. Benilde Romancon Dance Company. He aspires to enrich his arts practice and management repertoire through this endeavour.

He has mounted work in Manila for Wi-Fi Body Contemporary Dance Festival, Blue Wave Mall, Asia Pacific College, Worldnet Business Centre, Alphaland Corporation, UNDP (Philippines) and the Pasay City Council. In Adelaide (2011-present) Ben has researched, planned, facilitated programs and implemented numerous highly artistic presentations for the Department of Education and Child Development (DECD), Council for International Trade and Development SA (ASEAN Network), Ausdance SA, OzAsia Festival, Multicultural SA, City of Port Adelaide Enfield, the Filipino Settlement Coordinating Council of SA (FSCCSA), Adelaide Fringe, Feast Festival, Every Generation Festival, Chinatown Association, the Vietnamese Community in Australia SA Chapter, Port Festival, Australia Day Council, the Filipino Communities Council of Australia (FILCCA), Asia in SA, Kurruru Youth Performing Arts, Carclew Youth Arts, Movement Electronic Music Festival, and the Australian Institute of Classical Dance.

Ben-Hur was the recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Multicultural Award for Arts and Culture presented at Government House.