IT'S GETTING AWKWARD captures those social encounters that we all love to hate. Those moments when you meet someone for the first time and don't know which greeting is considered socially appropriate. How do you greet someone new without getting involved in a classic match of rock-paper-scissors with handshakes and hugs? The work magnifies the decision making process upon these encounters and presents them as an experience that is universal yet recognisably uncomfortable.

Choreographed and performed by Sarah Chaffey, Scott Elstermann and Ezgi Gungor


HOW TO CON-NECT is based on a quote by Brene Brown, "In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen - really seen." The work delves into a more personal domain of how we perceive ourselves and what we choose to expose or conceal when forming connections with the people around us.

Choreography: Rikki Bremner
Performers: Rikki Bremner, Scott Elstermann, Essie Horn and Linton Aberle 



Sarah Chaffey received an Upper Second Class Honours in her postgraduate studies with LINK Dance Company at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2014. In 2015, she performed in Cadi McCarthy's Behind the Veneer and Bianca Martin's world premiere of From Afar on a Hill. Following these projects, Sarah worked on a site specific collaboration called the face suspended over a pocket's pulse with Linton Aberle for In Short – In Situ at the Fremantle Arts Centre. This year, she choreographed on the first year WAAPA dance students and collaboratively created and performed a short work with Co3 dancer Russell Thorpe for STRUT's annual event Short Cuts. Recently, she featured in Philip La Rosa's music video Pride.

Scott Elstermann was the Dux of the Bachelor of Arts (Dance) course at WAAPA in 2014. Prior to tertiary training, Scott was Junior Australasian Jazz and Youth Queensland Ballroom champion. He was invited on LINK Dance Company's 2014 European Tour and was one of forty international students selected to perform at the World Dance Alliance's Choreolab in France. In 2015, Scott worked with Shona Erskine on her award-winning show White Matter and with STRUT Dance for Short Cuts. Scott was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Western Australian Young Achiever Awards.

Ezgi Gungor graduated from WAAPA with her Bachelor of Arts (Dance) in 2014. In 2013, she was chosen as the first student to study a semester abroad at CODARTS School of Performing Arts in Rotterdam. Whilst here, she toured The Netherlands in Cora Bos-Kroese's work AMOR and performed in The Netherlands leading art festivals. In 2015, Ezgi was a recipient of the ArtStart grant (Australia Council) and has focused her time to working with international artists such as Marina Mascarell and David Zambrano. She then worked with French theatre director Jay Emmanuel on his development on Les Memoirs des Enfants and performed in STRUT Dance's Short Cuts and Off Cuts seasons.

Rikki Bremner graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts (Dance). She has worked with Barking Gecko Theatre Company on their productions Driving Into Walls and ONEFIVEZEROSEVEN in the Perth International Arts Festival (2012 and 2014) as well as producing an original contemporary dance work It's strange to remember a touch over a thought which was performed at The Blue Room Theatre in the 2015 Perth Fringe World Festival. In 2016, Bremner participated as a dancer and choreographer in Struts Short-Cuts and Off-Cuts season.


Where: Sylvia Staehli Theatre(wheelchair accessible)
Dates:  22-24 SEPTEMBER
Time: 7pm
Cost: $25 Full | $20 Concession | $15 Dancehouse member




Our Your Way! program is a way of offering support to productions outside our curatorial program. In offering the Your Way! program, we aim to contribute to advancing dance practice and performance by giving artists access to professional presenting opportunities in a low cost, nurturing environment.

Presented as a part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016