Now Pieces is a monthly platform for improvised performance that builds on the lineage of Cecil St Studio, a dance studio in Melbourne for 21 years that is now earmarked for demolition, to build apartments. Now Pieces continues a long standing disciplined exploration of embodied performance practice that leads to crafted, spontaneous and artful communication made on-the-go. This program invites a range of intergenerational practitioners who — in one way or another — prioritise movement to incorporate body, sound, vocalisation, memory, image and energy, responding to each passing moment in relation to the space where they are dancing in relation to the audience. Now Pieces 2021 curates curators as well as performers, opening up improvisation as a relevant, urgent, poetic transdisciplinary practice that reflects back patterns and possibilities for freedom, and flight.
Now Pieces (May) foregrounds the duet form. In addition, two very special solos expand the provocation, ‘of two minds’.
Curator: Amaara Raheem
Performers: Emily Bowman & Joey Lehrer (duet); Carol Brown & Russell Scoones (duet); Jennifer Ma & David Prakash (duet); Raina Peterson & Marco Cher-Gibard (duet); Peter Trotman (solo); Geoffrey Watson (solo)
Creative Correspondent: Rajith Savanadasa
Amaara Raheem is a shape-shifter, an unspectacular dancer, permaculture enthusiast, occasional writer and amateur basket weaver. Dancing came about through working in theatre, and for her language has always been part of her practice of movement. Amaara’s improvisations–in dance and life–are shaped by her history of migration. She’s lived in three continents, and now resides part-time in Naarm/Melbourne and part-time in rural Victoria. She’s completing a practice-based PhD at the School of Architecture and Urban Design RMIT University.