Home(s) is a collaboration between artists from contemporary dance, street dance and experimental music backgrounds who delve into their complex identities as second-generation immigrants in Australia. Unravelling their experiences, the dance work investigates their sense of belonging at the crossroads of diverse cultural influences.
This cross-cultural and cross-genre dance project brings together 4 dance artists with 6 nationalities amongst them. Through a mix of Contemporary, Hip Hop and Krump dynamics, this work unravels the dancers’ own cultural experiences; creating an intriguing conversation of disrupted lines, bursts of powerful energy and liquid flow combined with raw, visceral movement, as they break down the confines of their respective dance styles.
Choreography & Production: Jennifer Ma
Performers: Jennifer Ma, Kaitlin Malone, David Leupolu, Nak Assa
Music Composer: Bluey Moon
Lighting Designer: Adelaide Harney
Jennifer Ma is a Melbourne-based Taiwanese contemporary dance artist. Jennifer has trained with Melbourne’s leading dance crew, Mute since 2015. With a curious artistic mind, Jennifer started studying contemporary dance under the mentorship of Adam Wheeler, been a company member of Yellow Wheel for numerous years and completed her dance studies at Transit Dance. In 2018, Jennifer became a member of Tr.IPP (Transit International Professional Pathway) mentored by Israel Aloni; where she was discovering her own practice by growing her artistry with a range of local and international artists such as Graham Adey (UK), Chris Evans (UK) and Keren Rosenberg (IL), to name a few. Also in 2018, Jennifer has performed in Stephanie Lake’s ‘Colossus’ and Israel Aloni’s ‘Ripe’. Jennifer is currently investigating how dance as an art form can connect to people of different backgrounds, inspire change and draw deep levels of social awareness through movement.
Nak Assa is a Melbourne-based Thai street dance artist. Nak specialises in urban choreography and krump. With over 10 years experience in both urban choreography and freestyling, director of Melbourne’s leading dance crew, Mute; Nak has trained in various foundation styles. This training along with Nak’s uplifting, feel-good personality has lead him to be an award winning dancer/choreographer (‘ADCC’ 2012 with Rewind; ‘Pass The Buck’ 2016 with HIT’M; ‘Step Off’ 2015, 2016, 2017 with Mute). Nak is a strong collaborator who has enjoyed giving back to the dance community here in Melbourne, initiating events such as Operation Burncity (2013). With teaching experience both locally and internationally, Nak now offers his own Bespoke Training Program—a platform for dancers and choreographers to explore a new perspective, both physically and mentally.
Kaitlin Malone is a Melbourne-based Scottish/Filipino contemporary dance artist. Kaitlin Malone has developed her artistic practice under the mentorship of Paul Malek and Israel Aloni at Transit Dance, since graduating in 2018. Kaitlin recently worked with Stephanie Lake Company in ‘Colossus’, Transit Dance Company’s continuing work ‘Jumbled’, and in development for two new works to premier in Melbourne Fringe Festival later this year. Alongside her artistic practice, Kaitlin is also passionate in teaching, mentoring, and choreographing. Since 2017, she has been an assistant choreographer for various productions of Transit Dance’s Origins Dance Company. Moreover, Kaitlin is a dancer and performer with Transit Dance Company in 2019.
David Leupolu is a Melbourne-based Indian/Samoan dance artist. David specialises in Hip-Hop freestyle and is recently training in Krump. David started dancing in 2012 and has explored aspects of dance such as urban choreography and much more recently, freestyle. In 2017 David travelled to Amsterdam to attend ‘Summer Dance Forever’ to train, enter and immerse himself in the street dance culture in Europe. This acted as a catalyst for growth and since then he has entered competitions regularly in Australia and internationally. David has also expanded his dance interests to collaborating with other dance artists which resulted in performances at Tr.IPP Events and Strawberry Fields Festival for the past 2 years. David and long term friend, Oliver, are also currently managing a group called ‘Jam On Toast’, which has grown to be a platform of expression by empowering people of all ages through dance.
Bluey Moon is a Melbourne-based singer/songwriter/producer who produces multifaceted music which can be described as experimental hip-hop, psychedelic jazz, ambient or downtempo R&B/soul. Bluey Moon is part earth and sea; part air, fire and ether. Blurring the edges is constant in a coming together of electronic rhythms, organic textures and lush flowing vocals. Stripped back, synthesised and drenched in hues of blue, what emerges is a kaleidoscopic dance of sonic sensibilities. Entranced in lingering loops and melodic harmonies, Bluey Moon explores and gets lost in existential meanderings, quests for higher meaning in a world searching for answers. It is this interstellar interplay that comes to the shore of consciousness on a rippling stream. Time has place here. By moonlight you are welcomed into the sanctuary, the inner workings of the spirit.