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Maloya Studio: for dancers

Muriel Hillion Toulcanon and Justin Marshall with Punctum

Image: Still from a video by N’Krumah Lawson Daku for Ann O’Aro’s ‘Kap Kap’
30 January 2022

Sylvia Staehli Theatre

FREE but registration essential



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Join Maloya expert Muriel Hillion Toulcanon alongside musicians (live from Perth) to explore the essence of the 300-year old Réunion Island artform Maloya. 

Maloya is a living cultural practice of Réunion cultures including Creole, African Malagasy, Tamil, and Indian influences. Maloya artists are often both dancers and musicians incorporating percussion and sung-vocals. Participants dance as a group but this rarely involves contact or partner work.

The Maloya Studio is an invitation to dancers of any form or discipline to learn more about the history and practice of Maloya and to meet the Maloya Moshpit experts and artists. 

Artists Muriel Hillion Toulcanon and Justin Marshall with Punctum are in development for a new work: Maloya Moshpit; a new contemporary participative performance work inviting collective audience participation — connecting and colliding dance, music and song to produce hybrid forms that foster social and cultural resilience. 

Punctum welcomes expressions of interest for three collaborating dance artist roles in Maloya Moshpit. Collaborating dance artists in the project are paid Equity rates across 2 part-time developments in 2022, and presentation at Castlemaine State Festival in 2023.

Maloya Moshpit is developed by Punctum in partnership with Dancehouse, the Castlemaine State Festival, and The Substation.

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