Now Pieces #9
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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Now Pieces #9 proposes two intertwined events. Firstly, an hour of improvised performance that brings together long-standing pioneering elders in the field, and situates them beside the next generation of young, bright, bold dance-artists. Secondly, Now Pieces #9 throws open the doors to YOU — the audience — and invites participation. In the practice of improvisation is an event called a jam. It happens in music and it happens in dance, so we’ve decided to bring these two closely related fields together to create a music-dance jam that welcomes YOU — the audience — to join it. Following the performance, the jam will be facilitated and held by a family of dancers, and all are welcome to join in an improvised happening. Outcome unknown.
Now Pieces #9 runs 5-6pm (performances) and 6-7pm (open jam).
Collaborators/Performers: Peter Fraser and Dale Gorfinkel (duet); Jennifer Ma; Rosie Fayman; Molly McKenzie and Gemma Sattler (duet)
Creative Correspondents: Martin Hughes, Fiona Cook & Cora Hughes
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.