Now Pieces #8
Alice Will Caroline
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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Collaborators/Performers: Helen Herbertson, Fleur Conlon, Michelle Heaven, Janelle Tan, Jeremy Meaden (musician)
Alice Dixon, William McBride and Caroline Meaden have been working together in Melbourne/Naarm since 2013. They have made and performed eight original works of dance and theatre, carving out a distinctive aesthetic and formal contribution to the local dance ecology. Blending forms and references to create highly local and specific “Gesamtkunstwerks”, they wilfully embrace and subvert “genre”, and slyly “perform performance”, allowing intuitive and subconscious logics to impose their desires on the process. Alice Will Caroline have presented work in festivals and venues including Dance Massive, The Keir Choreographic Award, Next Wave, FOLA, Dancehouse, Carriageworks, the Substation, Temperance Hall, Arts House, Abbotsford Convent and NGV.
Fleur Conlon is a performer, choreographer and teacher working in contemporary dance. Fleur worked over a decade in Europe as an independent dance performer, dancing for companies Tanztheater Wien and Cie Toula Limnious as well as for numerous international choreographers, including Benoit Lachambre, Georg Reischl, Michael Keegan Dolan, David McVicker, Christoph Winkler, Michael Klien, Liz King, Esther Balfe, Rose Breuss, David McVicker and Catherine Guerin. After completing her Masters of Choreography in Melbourne at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2013, she toured and performed a solo role in Opera Australia’s production of ‘Faust’ and performed in Alice Will Caroline’s ‘Lady Example’ at the Next Wave Festival in 2018.
Michelle Heaven is a choreographer, performer and collaborator, with a history of working both nationally and internationally as a performer and choreographer. Based in Gisborne, Victoria, her performance career spans working with artists/companies such as Gideon Obarzanek (Chunky Move), Lucy Guerin, Helen Herbertson, Leigh Warren, Michael Kantor, Phillip Adams, Sandra Parker, Sue Healey, Polyglot, Weave Movement Theatre, Ben Cobham (Bluebottle) and Walter Dundervill (NY). Her independent work has been presented at Melbourne Festival, Beijing Dance Festival, Dance Massive and Castlemaine State Festival. Michelle is a Helpmann Award nominee for performance, multiple Australian Dance Award nominee for her independent work and recipient of several Victorian Green Room Awards. In 2022 her movement practice continues alongside study. Creating and dancing with others enriches her life.
Janelle Tan Yung Huey is a Chinese Malaysian dance artist based in Naarm, Melbourne. She graduated with a Bachelor of Dance from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2021 and is currently working with Amelia O’Leary on a duo dance work “A Certain Mumble”, and Caroline Meaden on her development of “A Decorated Place”. Janelle upholds an improvisation practice and works closely with her attention to subtleties, and the altering state of the human being. She was the recipient of the AG McMillan Arts Trust 2019 and The Choreographic Development Award 2021 in her time at VCA.
Jeremy Meaden is a trumpet and flugelhorn player, sound designer, sound recordist and composer from Guildford, Victoria. His style is dynamic and diverse, firmly rooted in a passion for improvisation and the jazz tradition, and strongly informed by grimy electronica and industrial music. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts: Media Art from RMIT. He has previously performed, composed for and produced recordings with numerous local and international groups including The Vals, Western Standard Ska Orchestra, The Resignators, Grand Noise Consortium, King Stone, Pip Avent’s Mouldy Jazz, The Family Farm Band and Northern Ireland Soul Troop. He has toured both domestically and internationally, including to Canada, the U.S.A, Japan, Europe and the United Kingdom. He has appeared on festival stages at Boomtown Festival (Winchester UK), Rebellion Festival (Blackpool UK), Might Sounds (Tabor CZ), Pouzza Fest (Montreal CA), Victoria Ska And Reggae Festival (CA), Open Flair Festival (DE), Burg Herzberg Festival (DE), as well as Woodford Folk Festival and The Gum Ball. He recently composed sound for Alice Will Caroline’s What’s Actually Happening, for the 2022 Keir Choreographic Award.