When recognition is limited and reward is small, why perform?
Two chapters from the HERE NOW Trilogy written, choreographed and performed solo by Ryuichi Fujimura as a double-bill.
“How I Practice My Religion”
One day in June 1991 in Melbourne, I knocked on the door of a studio for a lunchtime dance class. I had no idea how that moment would subsequently change the path of my life. How I Practice My Religion unravels my dance journey unpacking what has been archived in my body through my dance practice over the last 30 years. This work is dedicated to my first three dance teachers in Melbourne: Caroline English, Margaret Lasica and Anastasi Siotas.
“Fall! Falter!! Dance!!!”
I have often wondered about the desire to perform. What keeps bringing me back to the stage? Is it the applause from the audience? The lure of the bright spotlight? The brief and torrid moment of connection with an audience reminiscent of a one night stand? Fall! Falter!! Dance!!! is a reflection on a contemporary dancer’s life, in which recognition is limited and the reward is small. Through this solo, self-devised performance work, I ask myself the fundamental question: ‘why perform?’.
Choreographer, Writer and Performer: Ryuichi Fujimura
Dramaturg: Carlos Gomes
Video Artist: Laura Turner
Design Consultant: Tobhiyah Stone Feller
Composer (“How I Practice My Religion”): Hamed Sadeghi
Lighting Designer: Frankie Clarke
Ryuichi Fujimura is an independent dance artist based in Sydney. Apart from dancing at the kindergarten, Ryuichi first encountered dance when he participated in a lunchtime dance class run by Guild Dance Theatre, a now-defunct student dance group at Melbourne University in 1991. Since the mid 1990’s, he has studied contemporary dance technique as well as improvisation and choreography in Australia and overseas. Over the last two decades, he has enjoyed dancing, performing, creating and collaborating with other artists of various disciplines. The artists and companies with whom he has worked in the past include Diane Busuttil, Weizen Ho, Vicki Van Hout, Mel O’Callaghan, Xavier le Roy, Jim Sharman, Kate Sherman, Alan Schacher, Justin Shoulder, De Quincey Co., Force Majeure, La Fura dels Baus, Clockfire Theatre Co. and The Living Room Theatre. Last year he completed his solo project, HERE NOW Trilogy of which he is presenting two chapters for this Dancehouse season.
Laura Turner works across video, installation, theatre and performance. She has presented work in various forms and creative roles with Sydney Festival, Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Sydney Film Festival, Art Gallery of NSW, Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney Opera House, Australian Theatre for Young People, Riverside Theatres, Legs on the Wall, Living Room Theatre, Clockfire Theatre and In Transit Co. She has worked in roles such as director, cinematographer, animator, editor and projection designer across live performance, film, and music videos and and exhibited her own art work with M Contemporary Gallery, dLUX Media Arts, UNSW Galleries and Articulate Project Space. Laura has taught workshops in theatre and film making at various organisations and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts / Arts from UNSW Art and Design.
Carlos Gomes is a Director/Designer/Dramaturg and Performance Maker. Holds a MA of Theatre (UNSW). He has created diverse cross‐cultural works, from text-based, to the aerial, and site‐specific as well as installations. He has collaborated with numerous arts organizations including Legs on the Wall, Bandanon Trust, UTP, PACT, Ensemble Offspring, Performance Space and Carriageworks. Gomes has directed many successful multidisciplinary works such as ‘Miss Havisham’s Dream’, ‘Landed’, ‘The Book Keeper’, Tangled Garden’, ‘Alice Trilogy’ ‘Waters of Brightness’, ‘The Eye’, ‘Crime Site’, ‘Missing The Bus to David Jones’, ‘Bargain Garden’, ‘Clubsingularity’, ‘Secret Noise, ‘Cosmic Cambodia’ and ‘Obscene Madame D’. His work has been presented at numerous festivals in Australia, and internationally. Most recently he curated ‘Planet Nowra’ a community event commission ate by Bundanon Trust in Nowra. Director of 360 immersive projects Magic Carpet and New Realities Pandemic and Performance. Gomes is the artist director of Kantanka theatre.
Hamed Sadeghi is an Iranian-born composer and performer based on Gadigal land (Sydney). He has performed at the most notable music festivals and in prestigious concert halls in Australia and overseas. He has been scoring music for multiple theatre and dance productions including Sami in Paradise Belvoir 2018, Stop Girl Belvoir 2021, The Boomkak Panto Belvoir 2021, Cloe Fournier’s Tout Ce Sa at Sydney Dance Company and William Zappa’s The Iliad at Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival and Fourwinds festival. As a composer Sadeghi has released 4 albums to critical acclaimed and has earned recognition through nominations for ARIA Awards 2021 for best world music album and best jazz album He has been a finalist at APRA Art Music Awards and have been nominated for best original score of mainstage production at Sydney Theatre Awards.
Tobhiyah Stone Feller is a designer dedicated to live performance, interior, and installation projects. Set & Costume Design credits include: AGNSW/Syd Festival/Clockfire: Night Parade of One Hundred Goblins; ATYP: The Resistance, Bustown, Laramie Project; Bell Shakespeare Education: Macbeth; Blacktown Arts Centre: My Name is SUD; Clockfire: Plenty of Fish in the Sea; Ensemble: Blue/Orange, Clybourne Park, e-baby, Good People, Killing Katie: Confessions of a Bookclub, Sorting Out Rachel, and My Zinc Bed/Blood Bank for which the set design won the Installation Design Category – Australian Interior Design Awards 2016; Griffin: Splinter, Replay, Wicked Sisters; Musica Viva: Da Vinci’s Apprentice; Performing Lines: Goddess, Variant; Riverside Theatre: Fall! Falter!! Dance!!!, Parramatta Girls. In 2019, Flowstate, a multi-arts outdoor performance venue for which Tobhi was a lead designer, was awarded ‘The Great Place Award’ – QLD Planning Institute of Australia. Tobhiyah is a proud member of the Australian Production Design Guild.
This project has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the NSW Government through Create NSW; and through residencies at ReadyMade Works (Ausdance NSW DAIR), Abbotsford Convent (Pivot) and Temperance Hall (Critical Path and BalletLab). With special thanks to Emily Ayob, Brian Carbee, Kate Champion, Alice Cummins, Mayu Kanamori, Lim How Ngean, Michael Pigott, Rosalind Richards, Emma Sandall, Kym Vercoe, Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP), Force Majeure, FORM Dance Projects, Lucy Guerin Inc, Performance Space and Redline Productions.