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Now Pieces #7

Amaara Raheem

Amaara Raheem and Camila Marambio (2018). Photo by Caitlin Franzmann
28 August 2022

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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Amaara Raheem on Now Pieces #7:


“For Now Pieces #7 I’ve been thinking about archives as places of power. Now Pieces was initiated out of improvisation practices at Cecil St Studio. So much history of dancing and performing is in that building and in the bodies that moved there. But who was missing? Who didn’t come into that studio? And what other kinds of dance improvisation was (and still is) happening in Melbourne largely unseen and unheard? For Now Pieces #7 I’ve asked an Astrologer to make a prediction for this event, and each performer is sent this prediction to respond to in whichever way they choose. Now Pieces #7 explores archives as non-linear and non-hierarchical; archives as forwards and backwards in-movement all around us, all at once.”


Curator: Amaara Raheem
Collaborators/Artists: Prue Lang and Benjamin Hancock (duet), Kialea Nadine-Williams, Shinjita Roy, Benjamin Hurley, Emily Bowman and Joey Lehrer (duet), Jonathan Homsey
Creative Correspondents: Angelita Biscotti (Astrologer) & VCA MA Dance students
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Amaara Raheem is a dance-artist, researcher and writer living between Naarm and Djab Wurrung country (Black Range). She makes interdisciplinary dance work and lectures part-time in the Department of Dance, VCA. In 2022 Amaara was selected for ABC Top 5 to share her ongoing research ‘in-residence’. Amaara works with dance writing, archives, documentation, interdisciplinary and improvisatory modes of choreography and performance.

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