This is the second in the series of ‘Now Pieces‘ events featuring performance artists whose work is dance/movement inclusive. Tony Yap, Lynne Santos, Noelle Rees-Hatton, Dianne Reid, Kevin Jeynes and Rosie Fayman each present a 10 minute improvised piece.
Performance improvisation has a long linage and broad base of committed practitioners and requires a well developed sense of presence, attention to detail and an ability to craft an overall piece on the go.
This is an opportunity to be in the midst of finely tuned responsive, energised performance.
Tony Yap. Born in Malaysia, Tony was one of the principle performers with IRRA Theatre (1989-1996). He has made a committed to the exploration and creation of an individual dance theatre language that is informed by psycho-physical research, Asian shamanistic trance dance, Butoh, Vocal extensions. He received numerous nominations and awards including The Decay of the Angel which won him a Green Room Award for Male Dancer; and Rasa Sayang, nominated in The Australian Dance Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Independant Dance. He is a figure if international discourse and received Asialink residential grants to work and a Dance Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts. Tony is the founding Creative Director of Melaka Arts and Performance Festival. Tony’s trance praxis is the heart of his PhD research in physical theatre and multidisciplinary practice.
Lynne Santos has been a member of various companies including One Extra Dance Company, Theatre of the Ordinary, Born in a Taxi, Actors Furniture Group and Teatro del IRAA. Her ongoing practice is now largely concerned with improvised performance.
Noelle Rees-Hatton. Alongside a secret passion for composing music on the piano, I like to delve into the worlds of the ordinary, the imaginary and the dream-like, explore dances and forms of language, make forays into singing and voice play and take sustenance from the wellspring of playful enjoyment.
Dianne Reid has a broad range of experience as a physical performer extending from dance and physical theatre work to outdoor and community settings including aerial, acrobatic and stilt-walking skills. She has worked as a motion capture performer for Deakin Mocap Lab/Act 3 Animation and was part of The Little Con (2005-10), a monthly improvisation event at Cecil Street Studio. In 2012 Dianne presented Dance Interrogations (a real time dance/video solo) at the Adelaide and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. Her work Cabin Fever won the weekly award for Best Dance at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe and is being presented in a caravan at Trades Hall for the Melbourne Fringe.
Kevin Jeynes is an improvisational performer whose explorations are fueled by an interest in entwining movement, vocal sound and text, and in navigating the Pleasing Plains of Cohesion and the Slippery Slopes of Fragmentation.
Rosie Fayman has been practicing and collaborating in improvised performance for several decades, the foundations of her approach being the teachings of Al Wunder, Soto and Andrew Morrish. She has been collaborating with Ingrid Baring and Leesa Nash for several years in “Something Happens When You Watch Me”.