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Inertia #1

Michaela Ottone, Alex Dobson and Shannon Toth and Jimmy Nguyen and Anthony Poeung

2—4 December 2021

Upstairs Studio


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Saturday 4 December


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A triple bill of works from Michaela Ottone, Alex Dobson with Shannon Toth and Jimmy Nguyen with Anthony Poeung. Presented as part of the 2021 Inertia program at Dancehouse.

Michaela Ottone | Solo Work I

In Solo Work I, Michaela uses choreographic tools to guide, direct, and sharpen her attention. Predominantly, these tools are: allowing the embodiment of emotions such as boredom, despair, and frustration, amongst others, to add textures and tonalities to her dancing, and exploring and shifting her range of rhythm, speed, muscular tone, level or plane. Michaela would like to thank Dancehouse, STACC Bowery Theatre, Ashley Dyer, Efren Pamilican, Beth Raywood Cross, Arabella Frahn-Starkie, and this year’s ECP cohort.

Choreography and Performer: Michaela Ottone

Alex Dobson with Shannon Toth | Hold Home

Hold Home finds Alex Dobson (dance artist, choreographer) and Shannon Toth (performance, sculpture artist) in choreographic engagement with the textile and structural materiality of found camping equipment. Together they explore how to construct a feeling of home within their bodies.

Performance and concept by Alex Dobson and Shannon Toth
Sound Design: Hudson Grant
Special thanks to Ashley Dyer, Belle Frahn-Starkie, Kady Mansour, Beth Raywood Cross, Claudia Saballa-Hobbs, Hudson Grant, and the DANCEHOUSE team.

Jimmy Nguyen and Anthony Poeung | Anthony & Jimmy’s Collaboration

An exploration of a state of flow and the mood between lockdowns being added and removed.

Collaboration by Jimmy Nguyen and Anthony Poeung
With support from Efren Pamilican, Alec Pernes, Ashley Dyer, PDHT and BAS.

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Michaela Ottone‘s practice examines the discoveries that arise through attending to and noticing her danced experience when using scores, where scores are understood as frameworks for improvisation.

Alex Dobson‘s practice employs abstracted forms and ideas to encourage an emancipatory engagement from audiences and participants. Recently Dobson co-choreographed with DIE ANGLE (Thalia Livingstone and Mitch Mack), an original movement/sound installation work, DARK POINTS, for Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019. In collaboration with HIBALL Productions, DIE ANGLE’s DARK POINTS film premiered at the Tempo Film Festival in Auckland, New Zealand in June 2020.

Jimmy Nguyen is from a freestyle and hip hop background. As a student he seeks for deep meaning and understanding outside of his journey. Being inside and outside of the freestyle scene/open choreography scene he focuses on inspiring the younger generation to build confidence and support within all communities.

Anthony Poeung comes from a house and hip hop background. In his work and teaching he uses these foundations to find personal variations for self expression. Anthony is an active contributor to the Melbourne street style community through his dance crew PDHT and the Open choreography scene.

This program is funded by the Packer Family and Crown Resorts Foundations. The pilot program was proudly supported by Clifton Hill/North Fitzroy Community Bank Branch – Bendigo Bank and the Robert Salzer Foundation.

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