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Green Bee #1 — Collingwood Children’s Farm

Caitlin Dear, Collingwood Children’s Farm

'What Am I Supposed To Do? (WAISTD' (2019), Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen / Deep Soulful Sweats. Photo by Gregory Lorenzutti.
12 February 2022

Collingwood Children’s Farm
18 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford

Free but registration essential


Please bring a pair of headphones to experience Tree Time and wear some gardening clothes and shoes — anything you don’t mind getting dirty.

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Green Bee #1

10am–12pm, Saturday 12 Feb 2022
Collingwood Children’s Farm, 18 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford

Art: Caitlin Dear | Action: Land care with Collingwood Children’s Farm

Join The Green Bee outdoors, by the Birrarung Marr (Yarra River), for our inaugural event looking at climate arts and action.

We will begin with a special Welcome to Country (Tanderrum) and Smoking Ceremony, led by a Wurundjeri Elder. Following this, you’ll be invited to get your hands dirty and connect with Country led by Collingwood Children’s Farm, whilst meeting other people who are also looking to broaden their environmental engagement. 

Performance artist Caitlin Dear will then present her project “Tree Time”; an audio-guided participatory work inviting you to reflect upon your personal relationship with nature by interacting with trees. 

Prepare: Please bring a hat, sunscreen, water bottle and some headphones to experience Tree Time. Wear some gardening clothes and shoes — anything you don’t mind getting dirty.

What is the Green Bee?

Open to all, the Green Bee is a series of free workshops facilitated by local artists, activists, scientists, environmentalists and community groups, to connect like-minded people to take climate action.

Join this series of working sessions to create and take climate action through a mix of art, advocacy, action, discussion, and practical support of local campaigns. Through this collaborative work, The Green Bee aims to build meaningful connections, future collaborations, support networks, and friendships.

There are four Green Bee Workshops scheduled for Summer/ Autumn 2022.

The Green Bee is a partnership between Rebecca Jensen and Caitlin Dear, and Dancehouse. The project is supported by City of Yarra.

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Rebecca Jensen is dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Narrm. Her work is presented in theatres, galleries, public spaces — spilling into the spaces between disciplines. Rebecca is inspired by the equally speculative and practical forces of dance practice. Works include Deep Sea Dances, Dance Massive 2017, Explorer Keir Choreographic Award 2016, Sinkhole with Jess Gall and Arini Byng, Designhub RMIT, 215 Albion, Irene Rose Gallery 2018, MPavillion 2020. Shorter works have been presented by Experimental Dance Week Auckland, Tiny Festival Christchurch, Venice Biennale International Dance Festival, Victorian College of the Arts, Blindside, Liquid Architecture, Spring 1883 Windsor Hotel, Lucy Guerin Pieces for Small Spaces. Works in collaboration with Sarah Aiken include, What Am I Supposed To Do? (WAISTD) Art Centre Melbourne 2019, OVERWORLD 2014, Underworld 2017 and ongoing participatory project Deep Soulful Sweats. Rebecca has worked with artists including Jo Lloyd, Lucy Guerin inc, Shelley Lasica, Atlanta Eke, Lee Serle, Nathan Gray, Lilian Steiner, Amos Gerhardt, Sandra Parker. She was a recipient of danceWEB scholarship 2015, Artist in residence at Temperance Hall 2018, and was awarded a residency at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, supported by the Australia Council.

Caitlin Dear is an artist working with choreography, live art and practice-based research who presents across theatre, gallery and public settings. Her work prioritises audience participation, incorporating immersive or interactive elements to directly engage people with the inquiries of her projects. Working with dance, text and sound she creates sensorially and intellectually engaging experiences, whether it be a theatre show or an outdoor adventure. Her works engender clinical wonder and focused multiplicity, encouraging audiences to ponder philosophical problems from an embodied perspective with a scientific sensibility. Passionate about human-tree relations and ecologically-engaged artistic practice, Caitlin has presented at research symposiums on these subjects at Stockholm University of the Arts, Malmö Academy of Music and Inter Arts Center. Caitlin has worked with Dancehouse through the Emerging Choreographers Program, On The Table and Summer Space Grants. In Narrm/Melbourne, she has also worked with Lucy Guerin Inc, Testing Grounds and c3 contemporary artspace, as well as performing for other choreographers including at Melbourne Festival, Arts House, MPavilion and Dance Speaks. In Sweden, her work has been shown by Index the Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation and Weld Theatre. She has also worked with Danscentrum, Höjden and Index to lead research-based workshops as professional training opportunities for artists.

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