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Inertia #4

Yuiko Masukawa, Alec Pernes, Devika Bilimoria and Shelley O’Meara

2—4 December 2021

Sylvia Steahli Theatre


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A bill of works from Yuiko Masukawa, Alec Pernes, Devika Bilimoria and Shelley O’Meara. Presented as part of the 2021 Inertia program at Dancehouse.

Yuiko Masukawa | Fusoku no bi

My practice is currently teasing out a concept of “Fusoku no bi”, a deeply embedded concept in Japanese aesthetics deriving from a zen concept celebrating the beauty of imperfection.

Choreographer: Yuiko Masukawa
Dancers: Eden Kew and Kristy Denovan
Composers: Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey

Alec Pernes | Re:JACK

A cypher-inspired work that explores the origins of House Dance codification, and using that template in another environment with new influences to explore this feeling of a ‘Jack’ – a feeling described in House Dance, equated to being in a flow state as a result of House music.

Choreography: Alec Pernes
Dancers: Alec Steelo, Yuiko Masukawa, Adrien Tucker, Shriraam Theiventhiran

Devika Bilimoria | Re-verse

Re-verse is an extension of Devika’s practice-led research investigation into disrupting prescribed dance forms such as Bharatanatyam and Ballet through the application of reversal with aid of video technology. It invites two dancers to consider what reversal might reveal to them about trained encoded dance forms and norms.

Devika Bilimoria researching with Shriraam Theiventhiran and Yuiko Masukawa

Shelley O’Meara | Ya Gotta Want It 

Power, specifically control, through the lens of autonomy, through the language of fighting and fear. Ya Gotta Want It is the latest development showing of O’Meara’s extended research practice into the relationship between embodiment and power.
Choreography: Shelley O’Meara
Performed by: Zoë Bastin, Devika Bilimoira, Chelsea Byrne, Alec Katsourakis, Shelley O’Meara, Shriraam Theiventhiran

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Yuiko Masukawa is a Japanese choreographer based in Melbourne, Australia, working with the classical form in contemporary contexts. After education in Japan, America and Canada, she moved to Australia and graduated at West Australia Academy of Performing Arts, before launching a professional career as a dancer and choreographer now spanning over ten years.

Alec Pernes is interested in researching and expanding upon the codified steps and historical influences of House to discover his own unique movement vocabulary. He’s eager to use his practice to cultivate and empower the next generation of dancers both within and outside of the House communities.

Devika Bilimoria is curious about the possibilities of queering a classical Indian dance form, Bharata Natyam through the application of reversal, video technology and somatic improvisation. Their wider practice engages post-human, ecological and feminist discourse in approaching the convolutions of the body, earth and time.

Coming from an animation, martial arts and contact improvisation background, Shelley O’Meara‘s practice focuses on creating interdisciplinary performance works that integrate projection and dance into a holistic movement language. Thematically, her research focuses on how an individual’s socio-political context affects the way they use their body in social space, specifically how and why an individual may embody power.

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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