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Now Pieces #3

Josephine Mead

Fragment: An Indexical Offering. [A composite image created by Josephine Mead with photographs of Yuiko Masukawa (photograph by Michael Jenkins), Wendy Yu and Nasim Patel (photograph by Gregory Lorenzutti), 2023.] Courtesy of Josephine Mead.
28 May 2023

Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse

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Now Pieces continues a long standing disciplined exploration of embodied performance practice that leads to crafted, spontaneous and artful communication made on-the-go. On the last Sunday of the month, Now Pieces offers an improvisational performance evening at Dancehouse dedicated to low-fi public performances curated by and featuring local dance luminaries.

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Josephine Mead on Now Pieces #3:

‘Fragment: An Indexical Offering’ invites six artists to present fragmentary and improvisational performances in response to poetic offerings. Artist & curator Josephine Mead will read excerpts of poetry, drawing responses from Raina Peterson, Forest Vicky Kapo, Wendy Yu, Nasim Patel, Theo Cassady and Yuiko Masukawa. An index of creative offerings will unfold as a result.


Curator: Josephine Mead
Collaborators/Performers: Raina Peterson, Forest Vicky Kapo, Wendy Yu, Nasim Patel, Theo Cassady, Yuiko Masukawa
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Josephine Mead is a visual artist, writer & curator based on Wurundjeri woi wurrung & Dja Dja wurrung Country. She works through photography, installation, sound and text to explore personal notions of support and is interested in curation as an act of care. She has exhibited and been published widely in Australia and abroad. She has undertaken residency programs in Mexico (Arquetopia Foundation, 2018), rural Victoria (The Macfarlane Fund, 2018), Turkey (Tasarim Bakkali, 2019), Portugal (Córtex Frontal, 2019) and Germany (ZK/U, 2020). She was an inaugural studio artist at Collingwood Yards, was Chair of Artistic Director of Blindside Gallery (2020-22), was a founding Artistic Director of MILK Gallery (2022) and co-founded and runs Co- Publishing, alongside Christine McFetridge. In 2022 she participated in the Writing in the Expanded Field program through the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA).


Raina Peterson is a dancer-choreographer of Fiji-Indian and English heritage who was born and raised on the lands of the Gunaikurnai people. Raina creates moving experimental dance theatre works which draw on their training in classical Indian dance (mohiniyattam). With dance partner Govind Pillai, their full-length works include In Plain Sanskrit (2015), Bent Bollywood (2018), Third Nature (2019), Kāla (2019), and dance film Drishti (Winner of two Melbourne Fringe Awards, 2020), and two solo works: Narasimha: ManLion (2022, winner of Melbourne Fringe Award for ‘Best dance and physical theatre’) and Mohini (2023).


Hailing from Aotearoa, NZ, and now residing on Dja Dja Wurrung land in settler town Bendigo, Indigenous performer Forest Vicky Kapo has a multi-disciplinary performance practice that explores contemporary narratives, time and geographies using sound, movement, installation and performance. Their future-forward community activations, rituals, and performative works often have a socio-political focus, concerned at this time with climate change, indigenous identity and gender politics. When not performing or curating, they work in age care as a nurse.


Wendy Yu is an Australia artist who works in the intersections of dance and new media design. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in dance and a Master’s degree in Interaction Design and Electronic Arts with a dissertation investigating the position of breakdance in urban media experiences. Working as a choreographer, dancer, visual designer for web applications, animator for motion graphics, creative coder for web GL interactivity and audio visual technician, her creative works hold a mission statement of elevating local practitioners of dance through immersive public art interventions. In her works of projection design and installation, Yu has presented works within numerous public festivals in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Oceania and has been awarded the Youth Excellence Award for the 2022 “Think Youth” Shanghai Digital Creation, Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition – New Media Art Division.


Nasim Patel is a writer and performer who uses personal storytelling to explore diasporic culture and identity. He graduated from the VCA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) in 2018. He has performed with choreographers such as Jo Lloyd, Rachael Wisby, and Chris Chua, with whom he helped develop the interactive video game performance BeatStorm. Nasim’s written work has been published by Hardie Grant in the 2021 SBS Emerging Writers Anthology Between Two Worlds, as part of Matt Cornell’s ongoing OpenTab project with Critical Path, and as part of ACCA’s 2022 Writing in the Expanded Field program. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts in Screen & Cultural Studies and Islamic Studies.

Theodore Cassady who stems from the Munanjali/Butchulla peoples in Beaudesert and Harvey Bay/K’Gari regions in Queensland has been working as a Naarm based independent artist trained in contemporary dance and ballet. He attended the Adelaide College of the Arts and completed training in 2016, working with a number of national and international choreographers including Leigh Warren, Larissa McGowan, Peter Sheedy and Lewis Major.
As a Naarm based artist, he interned with Stephanie Lake Company for their development of Manifesto, worked as swing performer for Joel Bray’s Considerable Sexual License and performed at Dancehouse for Ngioka Bunda-Heath’s Bridge.
Theo will work throughout 2023 with Jacob Boehme on his production of ‘Gurranda’ in 2024.


Yuiko Masukawa is a Japanese choreographer and dancer based in Melbourne, Australia, working with the classical form in contemporary contexts. After education in Japan, America and Canada, she moved to Australia and graduated at WAAPA, before launching a professional career as a dancer and choreographer now spanning over ten years. She was a principal artist with Melbourne City Ballet for 2012-2019, touring across Australia, New Zealand and Japan performing principal roles for more than 15 seasons. As a choreographer with MCB, she created works for each contemporary season as well as more than 10 full-length ballets for Melbourne City Youth Ballet in her role as artistic director. Her work was nominated for outstanding achievement in youth dance at the 2018 Australian Dance Awards. In 2020, Yuiko undertook choreographic secondments with New York City Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet, supported by the Ian Potter Cultural Trust. In 2022, She presented why we are, who we are collaborating with T.Shriraam. Supported by Brimbank council and Sidney Myer foundation and Running Machine an international, interdisciplinary work at Arts House between Japan and Australia. In 2023, She will present the first development of her work Yugen at Australian Ballet as a part of Frame Festival.


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