Dancehouse

Tim Darbyshire, Housemate Resident IV

Dancehouse is proud to announce its second Housemate resident artist for 2009, Tim Darbyshire. 

Tim's residency will concentrate not on creation and presentation, but on experiment, discovery, testing and empirical research.

Tim Darbyshire

For the Housemate Residency in 2009 I propose to create materials from a sound and movement research process I have named More or Less Concrete.

I have been conducting a series of experiments with movement vocabulary and everyday materials. Through this research I aim at creating a dual focus in which sound and movements are produced and narratives unfold by means of visual and sound association. I have been working with (amongst other things) aluminum foil suits, harmonicas fixed to the mouth, sticky taped shoes, pizza boxes and large metallic trash cans to create interactive sound and movement environments.

From these investigations I have tested and documented some of these on film and created short video's under the ...Other thin'gs series, including; Cups and other things(2007), Gloves and other things (2008) and Buckets and other things (2009).

In this most recent research with buckets of small objects, I have become more interested in the physics of moving weight (body and object), the sounds that resonate from withi9n the container and the obscure figures and roles the body transforms into when preoccupied with listening.

Here is a short blurb about this work: Buckets and Other Things

  • about CYCLES AND REPETITION
  • about OBSCURE FIGURE/S
  • about STOPPING
  • about GOING
  • about LISTENING
  • about INVENTING
  • about DISTORTIONS OF THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS
  • about PLAYING WITH ORDINARY THINGS AND SITUATIONS
  • about TRANCE AND MEDIATATION
  • about REFLECTION
  • about THE WORKER
  • about MONOTONY
  • It is SAD
  • It is SILLY'


Biography

Tim Darbyshire hails from Australia. In 1992 he joined his father in a mid-life crisis by participating in a rock musical about a schizophrenic woman. Activities such as this continued throughout his childhood and avoided teenage years. He was later formally educated at Queensland University of Technology and woke up with a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance). He then lived in Melbourne where he made many a coffee and learned how to pour a beer. Aside from this he worked on a performance creation entitled Room Service.

He found himself still engaged in contemporary dance as a DanceWEBBER (Impulstanz 2006) and at Centre Nationale de Danse Contemporaine (France), where he adopted various methods of creation and practice. Currently he is undertaking a Solo Performance Residency sponsored by Victoria University in Melbourne. He has been working in France and Portugal within the collaborative framework of Sweet and Tender Collaborations. Here he has been developing a solo work entitled Buckets and Other Things as well as working on other projects with other people.

The Housemate Residency Program is an artist-in-residence program that aims to assist dance professionals to experiment in dance and/or create new work.

For information on past Dancehouse Housemates please visit :

Housemate Resident III Gabrielle Nankivell

Housemate Resident II Jo Lloyd

HousemateResident I Phoebe Robinson