July 30 - August 11 2018
Cathy talks about the residency:
The relationship between the dancer and the DJ was central to the construction of Electronic Dance Music. in this residency I will collaborate with an electronic musician to develop an original live set along with improvised choreography. My experiments with live improvisation have thus far been impromptu, with no prior knowledge of the musical set and I would like to explore what happens when the dancer works with the sound designer at an earlier stage of the musical process. It would be possible to take this piece into venues that profile experimental/underground techno. The result was I was able to conceptualise and story board 20 minutes of a new work, working with an electronic music composer to create an original score. This template can form the basis for further development into a theatre piece/installation
Cathy had her PhD conferred in 2017 for her thesis, ‘Adelaide Dance Music Culture: Late 1980s- Early 1990s’ with and APA scholarship at the University of South Australia through the Hawke Research Institute, where she also tutors and guest lectures in media and communication and screen studies. Her writing on Adelaide’s electronic dance music scene has been published in Dancecult, the open access peer reviewed electronic music journal, Routledge Journal IASPM series and she has presented her work on this topic at Today’s Art Festival in The Hague, EMC conference Sydney (panel facilitator) and Cultural Studies conferences in Australia. Cathy trained in acting at NIDA, and the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art (London) - through a Queen's Trust Scholarship. She also trained full-time with Shelia Laing as a classical dancer and was accepted into Western Australian Performing Arts Academy to train in tertiary classical ballet.
Recent work includes Melbourne season and regional NSW, QLD tour with Australian Dance Theatre in Garry Stewart’s award-winning Be Yourself as the narrator. Choreographer on the feature Cargo, (Adelaide Film Festival 2017, Tribeca 2018) to be released on Netflix, working with Martin Freeman and Susie Porter. Actor in Jen Kent’s film The Nightingale, 2018 also earning another feature credit as choreographer. Cathy also acted in the feature The Babadook starring Essie Davis (New York Critic’s Circle Best New Film, ACTA Best Director). She has performed extensively as an actor and dancer including with the State Theatre of SA, State Opera SA, Country Arts SA touring, and many independent companies.