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St George’s Dance and Theatre is proud to announce the nine projects that will be part of the inaugural Septimus and Louisa Burt Residency programme. The programme was established to support diverse emerging artists and ensembles with rehearsal, workshop space and a provocateur.

Artistic Director, Jay Emmanuel, says that the residency is aimed at ‘nurturing diverse and creative artistic projects’, and also a creating space for ‘experimentation, innovation and critical-thinking in performing arts.’ The selected projects comprise of artists from a diverse range of backgrounds and with varying levels of experience.

These projects will be provided with access to rehearsal spaces for workshop production and ideas, free tickets to St George’s Dance and Theatre performances and an artistic provocateur from the company. At the end of each residency the artists will organize ‘interventions’ open for various levels of engagement with different communities.

The selected projects in development for 2018 are:

Tatkar and Almost Offshore: Vikram’s performance work is linked by a fundamental engagement with kathak dancers, the principles of the kathak form, and the kathak informed body. Vikram will be exploring Tatkar and Almost Offshore – a planned solo and duet – which take kathak’s focus on footwork and the defining vertical stance as departure points respectively. Tatkar addresses the usually invisible soles of the feet, while Almost Offshore asks: what could happen when two standing bodies lean away from each other?
Artist: Vikram Iyengar

Chosen Family: Mitchell and collaborators will devise a new work for young people around the idea of chosen family. The project seeks to tell a story for young LGBTI people, and encourage ideas such as self-love and agency in young people. Chosen Family is a fantastical adventure story, with wild characters and an open heart. Over a three-week period the artists will devise material through improvisation, object manipulation and play.
Artists: Michael Whelan, James Mcmillan, Samantha McLean, Sam Hayes, Charlotte Otton, Joshua Allen, Phoebe Sullivan, Georgia Hooper, Liz Newell, Luka Buchanan, Zachary Sheridan, Isaac Diamond, and Campbell Pollock

Medusa: An immersive performance project retelling the mistold and misunderstood myth of Medusa. In this version, an all-female, racially diverse ensemble performs a ritual to awaken the goddess, and give her back her head. The work tries to imagine a different ending for Medusa, and for the women who will leave the theatre. Medusa is as a kind of feminist totem - and is being summoned to protect and fight for the women calling her up. The work is simultaneously a celebration, a party, and a warning to oppressors - and the audience can either be swept into it or bear witness.
Artists: Finn O’Branagain and Joe Lui

Open Album: With this new project Jess and Michael aim to experiment with site-specific recording and finding new ways to share music that extend beyond it being consumed as a polished, finished product, or being witnessed as an ephemeral event (the standard single/EP/LP launch). Through the exhibition of personal artefacts (past journals, demos etc.) and by opening their makeshift recording studio to the public, they will try to demystify the creative process and attempt to reveal a 12-track album from the very first ideas that brought about its inception, all the way to its perceived completion.
Artists: Jess Nyanda and Michael Biagioni

Siblinks: This is a new work that amalgamates the skillsets of aerial dance, Indian contemporary dance, physical theatre and percussion into a performance that plays with the idea of Ying and Yang, woman and man, dancer and musician, sister and brother: opposites connected together in a circle.
Artists: Isha Sharvani and Tao Issaro

Project: Sarah Chaffey and collaborators will explore the integration of voice and acting fundamentals into contemporary dance practice. The artists will experiment with exercises supporting the conditioning of optimizing voice, awareness of posture in movement and articulation, and approaches to choreographic tasking that include the use of voice to express conceptual ideas. This physical research will pay particular attention to the development of methods supporting the coordination of breath between vocal projection and rigorous movement, and play of proximity in presence for performance.
Artists: Sarah Chaffey and collaborators

The Sound of Trees: Sound design and electronic music meets modern technology as Rebecca Riggs-Bennett and Claire Gillam collaborate ideas in order to create an interactive forest, whereby every plant touched triggers sound, music and voice. Using electronic computer platforms and sustainably sourced plant life, Claire and Rebecca want to create a completely immersive and life-sized environment that is activated purely by audience interaction.
Artists: Rebecca Riggs-Bennett and Claire Gillam

Essence: This is a new work in progress describing femininity. Through physical form it is looking at the shape and idea of femininity throughout history and how it shifts light within our life style and in and out of nature. The work’s description of femininity is seemingly alien or unattainable, showing the idea that the feminine is gender neutral and exists in all forms everywhere. It is both angelic and satanic, desired yet suppressed, fragile but chaotic. These complementary contrasts create a strangely foreign yet familiar atmosphere in which we can enter and be absorbed in.
Artists: Yilin Kong, Isabella Stone, Storm Helmore, Zoe Wozniak and Joe Lui

VOSS: This new work sets out to re-frame and re-present Australian colonial ‘heroic’ archetypes such as explorers, as embodied by women performance makers through a post-colonial lens. The work aims to adopt a modality of ‘exploration’ to reconsider (even reclaim) our his-stories through the hybridity of dance, theatre, performance, sound and film. A contemporary Gothic sensibility invades the work allowing us to explore representations of the traumatic and to ‘speak (of) the unspeakable...’ There is also a contemporary reading/consideration of the concept of the ‘difficult woman...’ and of being ‘that woman’. The concept and themes for this work reflect a personal vision to explore the re-framing of a woman’s identity in relationship to Australian colonial and post-colonial theories of power and place.
Artists: Sally Richardson, Natalie Allen, Jacqui Claus, Storm Helmore and Daisy Sanders (with Isabella Stone)

St George’s Dance and Theatre is proud to announce the nine projects that will be part of the inaugural Septimus and Louisa Burt Residency programme. The programme was established to support diverse emerging artists and ensembles with rehearsal, workshop space and a provocateur.

Artistic Director, Jay Emmanuel, says that the residency is aimed at ‘nurturing diverse and creative artistic projects’, and also a creating space for ‘experimentation, innovation and critical-thinking in performing arts.’ The selected projects comprise of artists from a diverse range of backgrounds and with varying levels of experience.

These projects will be provided with access to rehearsal spaces for workshop production and ideas, free tickets to St George’s Dance and Theatre performances and an artistic provocateur from the company. At the end of each residency the artists will organize ‘interventions’ open for various levels of engagement with different communities.

The selected projects in development for 2018 are:

Tatkar and Almost Offshore: Vikram’s performance work is linked by a fundamental engagement with kathak dancers, the principles of the kathak form, and the kathak informed body. Vikram will be exploring Tatkar and Almost Offshore – a planned solo and duet – which take kathak’s focus on footwork and the defining vertical stance as departure points respectively. Tatkar addresses the usually invisible soles of the feet, while Almost Offshore asks: what could happen when two standing bodies lean away from each other?
Artist: Vikram Iyengar

Chosen Family: Mitchell and collaborators will devise a new work for young people around the idea of chosen family. The project seeks to tell a story for young LGBTI people, and encourage ideas such as self-love and agency in young people. Chosen Family is a fantastical adventure story, with wild characters and an open heart. Over a three-week period the artists will devise material through improvisation, object manipulation and play.
Artists: Michael Whelan, James Mcmillan, Samantha McLean, Sam Hayes, Charlotte Otton, Joshua Allen, Phoebe Sullivan, Georgia Hooper, Liz Newell, Luka Buchanan, Zachary Sheridan, Isaac Diamond, and Campbell Pollock

Medusa: An immersive performance project retelling the mistold and misunderstood myth of Medusa. In this version, an all-female, racially diverse ensemble performs a ritual to awaken the goddess, and give her back her head. The work tries to imagine a different ending for Medusa, and for the women who will leave the theatre. Medusa is as a kind of feminist totem - and is being summoned to protect and fight for the women calling her up. The work is simultaneously a celebration, a party, and a warning to oppressors - and the audience can either be swept into it or bear witness.
Artists: Finn O’Branagain and Joe Lui

Open Album: With this new project Jess and Michael aim to experiment with site-specific recording and finding new ways to share music that extend beyond it being consumed as a polished, finished product, or being witnessed as an ephemeral event (the standard single/EP/LP launch). Through the exhibition of personal artefacts (past journals, demos etc.) and by opening their makeshift recording studio to the public, they will try to demystify the creative process and attempt to reveal a 12-track album from the very first ideas that brought about its inception, all the way to its perceived completion.
Artists: Jess Nyanda and Michael Biagioni

Siblinks: This is a new work that amalgamates the skillsets of aerial dance, Indian contemporary dance, physical theatre and percussion into a performance that plays with the idea of Ying and Yang, woman and man, dancer and musician, sister and brother: opposites connected together in a circle.
Artists: Isha Sharvani and Tao Issaro

Project: Sarah Chaffey and collaborators will explore the integration of voice and acting fundamentals into contemporary dance practice. The artists will experiment with exercises supporting the conditioning of optimizing voice, awareness of posture in movement and articulation, and approaches to choreographic tasking that include the use of voice to express conceptual ideas. This physical research will pay particular attention to the development of methods supporting the coordination of breath between vocal projection and rigorous movement, and play of proximity in presence for performance.
Artists: Sarah Chaffey and collaborators

The Sound of Trees: Sound design and electronic music meets modern technology as Rebecca Riggs-Bennett and Claire Gillam collaborate ideas in order to create an interactive forest, whereby every plant touched triggers sound, music and voice. Using electronic computer platforms and sustainably sourced plant life, Claire and Rebecca want to create a completely immersive and life-sized environment that is activated purely by audience interaction.
Artists: Rebecca Riggs-Bennett and Claire Gillam

Essence: This is a new work in progress describing femininity. Through physical form it is looking at the shape and idea of femininity throughout history and how it shifts light within our life style and in and out of nature. The work’s description of femininity is seemingly alien or unattainable, showing the idea that the feminine is gender neutral and exists in all forms everywhere. It is both angelic and satanic, desired yet suppressed, fragile but chaotic. These complementary contrasts create a strangely foreign yet familiar atmosphere in which we can enter and be absorbed in.
Artists: Yilin Kong, Isabella Stone, Storm Helmore, Zoe Wozniak and Joe Lui

VOSS: This new work sets out to re-frame and re-present Australian colonial ‘heroic’ archetypes such as explorers, as embodied by women performance makers through a post-colonial lens. The work aims to adopt a modality of ‘exploration’ to reconsider (even reclaim) our his-stories through the hybridity of dance, theatre, performance, sound and film. A contemporary Gothic sensibility invades the work allowing us to explore representations of the traumatic and to ‘speak (of) the unspeakable...’ There is also a contemporary reading/consideration of the concept of the ‘difficult woman...’ and of being ‘that woman’. The concept and themes for this work reflect a personal vision to explore the re-framing of a woman’s identity in relationship to Australian colonial and post-colonial theories of power and place.
Artists: Sally Richardson, Natalie Allen, Jacqui Claus, Storm Helmore and Daisy Sanders (with Isabella Stone)