July - Aug 2018
Ben talks about the Chic Mystique residency:
I will work with video technology to explore body mapping, digital projections, video imaging, performance dynamics and diverse stage settings where the corporeal body through isolation, stylization, transposition, replication and interpretation can be seen as a site-specific medium of exchange, investigation and transformation. Exploration sessions may be documented for further study and image processing prospects and field work including re-assembled contextual frameworks for viewership, the use of video as an expressive tool to facilitate notions of identity, closed circuit situations and issues surrounding transmission for the purpose of fostering self-preservation.
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.