In residence Jan 28 - Feb 17 2018
Lina's residency focused on preparation for the Australian premiere of her work:
An International collaboration between UK award-winning Bharatanatyam artist Seeta Patel and Australian choreographer Lina Limosani. This work blends Bharatanatyam, a classical Indian dance form and contemporary dance in a striking, intelligent and engaging evisceration of ‘pretty’ and ‘suitable’ historical stories. It is a one-woman show which subversively co-opts whitewashing against itself. The inspiration stems from their concerns that revisionist and airbrushed histories have become a central issue of tension throughout the world, in particular in Western democracies. History is being dressed up to make a more readily acceptable narrative for us to consume to the detriment of diverse voices and stories being heard.
Britain and Australia, amongst others, have sordid histories and relationships with indigenous and migrant communities. Skewed histories fuel a distorted sense of nationalism. This work aims to open up conversation through a clever appropriation of whitewashed histories and give a voice back to lost histories and communities.
The work offers audiences here in South Australia, and nationally, a chance to engage in the most important geo-political conversation of this decade. In light of Brexit and the election of Trump it is more important now than at any time since the 1960s for the voices and perspectives of a diversity of people to be heard, considered and acknowledged as valid within the pluralistic society we say we want.
Concept- Seeta Patel, Story- Seeta Patel & Lina Limosani, Direction & Choreography- Lina Limosani
Text- Sharmila Chauhan & Seeta Patel, Costume- Lydia Cawson, Set- Chris Faulds,
Performer- Seeta Patel, Sound Artist- Lina Limosani, Dramaturge- Kyra Herzfeld.
Premiered as part of the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival at Holden St Theatres
Post residency Lina wrote:
The residency in which Seeta Patel and I undertook at LWDance Hub welcomed a number of results. First and foremost it gave us the opportunity to continue our international collaboration, by offering us space and time to develop our new dance theatre work Not Today’s Yesterday.
This stage primarily focused on a) engaging with performer Zoe Gay who humbly took on choreographed technical role b) incorporating new set and costume designs c) reconstructing our narrative to make more sense of our story and d) consolidate the script with more detail and definition. All of this investigation revealed the backbone of our story and brought into focus the ambience, images, and movement vocabulary that best emphasized the commentary of Not Today’s Yesterday. I continued as sound designer editing a 50-minute complex score and we engaged with Kyra Herzfeld as Dramaturgical adviser.
Our residency was crucial in the lead up to our Australian Premiere at Holden St Theatres, as part of the 2018 Adelaide Fringe. Prior to this season, we were invited by LWDance Hub to hold a ‘Curated Conversation’ that saw Seeta perform a section of the work, followed by a talk with both Seeta and myself, that went beyond how the show was made, but about the concepts of whitewashing of histories and how this impacts us today.
This work won both the BankSA Best Dance Award and the
Peace Foundation Award at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe Festival
Congratulations to all involved!
Upon graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1999, Lina became an original member of Garry Stewart’s Australian Dance Theatre (ADT), touring extensively both in Australia and overseas. She has since worked with Lucy Guerin, Chunky Move, Narelle Benjamin and the New Zealand Dance Company. She then became a member of Scotland’s David Hughes Dance Company, working closely with physical theatre director Al Seed, and Switzerland’s Cathy Marston. Her time overseas has also seen her work with Scotland’s Plan B, Designer/Director Alex Riggs along with Munich’s Micha Purucker.
Lina has always been active as a creator and been making work since 2000. In 2003 she received the EMERGING ARTIST award by the Adelaide Critics Circle for her works in ADT's choreographic seasons of IGNITION, then creating The Tighter You Squeeze for the company in 2008. She has since undertaken a number of commissions and choreographic residencies overseas and was also selected as one of six International Choreographers for the Swiss International Choreographers Project, Zurich in 2012.
Under the banner of LimosanI ProjeKts, Lina has created a number of works; Borderline receiving a Most Audacious Work Award in 2013, A Delicate Situation nominated for three Boh Cameronian Awards, an Adelaide Critics Circle Award and an Australian Dance Award 2015. 2016 saw Lina develop One’s Wicked Ways for Australian Dance Theatre’s IGNITION season and premiere Whispers From Pandora’s Box on the New Zealand Dance Company. A recent collaboration in Poland with British Bharatanatyam dancer Seeta Patel saw Not Today’s Yesterday, a one-woman contemporary dance work show at Manchester’s The Lowry & Warwick Arts Centre UK. Throughout 2017 Lina continued to develop her new work The Spinners, an Australia/Scotland artistic collaboration with physical theatre director Al Seed. This work premieres at the Adelaide Festival Centre in 2018.
Lina continues to teach and create work at various establishments and dance institutions within Australia and overseas.