Practising Performance with Ros Warby

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Workshop description:

This workshop focuses on the practice of performance. It encourages the dancer to eliminate attachment to prescribed techniques or choreographic approaches and invite the body to undo any pre-conceived notions of what dance is, thereby creating a chance for the dancer to express a complex and indefinable range of experience through the humour, intelligence and emotional engagement of the dancing body.

This work challenges the dancer to wake up and notice what it is they are doing in their dance. This shift in attention aims to stimulate the intelligence of the dancer, and, in turn, elevate their level of engagement in both performance and dance making.

            Ros Warby         Ros Warby      


ROS WARBY is one of Australia's leading dancer/choreographers, creating and performing solo dance work since 1990. Her award winning work has been presented in Australia, Europe and the USA. Warby has also performed with numerous companies and artists including Lucy Guerin Inc. and the Deborah Hay Company. Recognised for her unique performance work in many contexts Warby has received the Robert Helpmann Award for Best Female Dancer 2007, Greenroom Awards for Best female performer (2000 & 2007) and best Solo performer in 2001, an Australia Council Fellowship (2002 - 2004), and the 2007 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award.

Her critically acclaimed solo dance works SOLOS and SWIFT toured America and Europe. Her 2006 work, MONUMENTAL, received the Age Critics Commendation Award, the Robert Helpmann Award for Best Female Dancer, the Greenroom Award for Best Female Performer and the Greenroom Award for Best Composition. It toured the US in 2009 to Utah, Houston, Miami and New York to critical acclaim, and was presented at the Venice Biennale in June 2010. Monumental will again be presented at London's Dance Umbrella in October this year.

In 2003 Warby was commissioned by ABC television to make a cinematic version of SWIFT. It was televised in 2007 and screened at international festivals worldwide. Warby continues to work on occasion with the legendary US choreographer Deborah Hay performing her solo adaptations of Hay's choreographies.

Warby finished her classical ballet training in Europe with Marika Besobrasova, Monte Carlo, Central School of Ballet, London, and the Royal Danish Ballet School. Influenced by her studies of the Alexander Technique since 1991, she became a certified teacher in 2001. Other influences to her dance practice have been the teachings of Lisa Nelson, Dana Reitz and Eva Karczag, but it is the teaching and choreography of Deborah Hay that has been most engaging, stimulating Warby's artistic development and practice over the past 15 years.

This workshop is suitable to performers familiar and/or interested in the work stemming from Deborah Hay

NB: Participants must be able to attend ALL sessions. In order to secure your place in the workshop payment is required before the workshop commences.

Date: August 23, 25. 26 & 27. (No Tuesday Session)
Time: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm
Cost:  4 sessions: $120 members $160 non-members

Bookings:  when booking please advise if yo are a member or wish to become one.