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On The Table: Lockdown Series

Peter Trotman, Alice Heyward, Amy Spiers, Rebecca Jensen and Alexandra Collins

21—31 October 2021

Online via Zoom

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This program is run by Caitlin Dear and Ebony Muller.

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On The Table is a platform for artistic exchange and collaboration. Dancers of all training backgrounds, as well as movement-curious people who may be new to bodily practices, are invited to come together.

Events are hosted by artists/collectives working with varied approaches to dance, movement and bodily practice. Hosts are invited to put something ‘on the table’ for everyone who attends to examine collaboratively. Sessions range from workshops and in-progress performances to open artistic explorations.
Join us for a special lockdown series of Zoom sessions!


To get the Zoom link email: [email protected]

Practical Information & Accessibility:

Everyone is welcome, from professional artists to anyone with interest in the workshop themes – whether or not you’ve danced before. Participation can be as much or little as desired and we work to accommodate all realms of movement experience and ability.

Auslan interpretation is not provided, though open captions will be available. If you have any access queries or we may support your participation in any way, please get in touch.

Upcoming Sessions:

Sunday 24 October, 6-7pm — Alice Heyward, Dr Amy Spiers and Rebecca Jensen

A Medieval-style dance rave exploring the phenomenon of ‘dancing mania’. Between the 14th and 17th centuries there were numerous events of mass dancing hysteria. Large groups of people gathered in the streets and danced erratically until they collapsed. There are cases of people dancing themselves to death. We will read about ‘dancing mania’ then rave to a mix by DJ/music artist Andrew Wilson. The first sharing of this project was through P0$$€ dance and reading group.

Thursday 28 October, 6-7pm — Peter Trotman

This playful session will explore the essence of improvisation as performance. Peter will ‘lay on the table’ a slippery and provocative idea that has been central to his artistic inquiry for many years: What happens if you perform for an audience without prior knowledge of what you will be doing? Peter will get us moving, thinking and performing from our homes through some easy and fun experiments.

Sunday 31 October, 6-7pm — Alexandra Collins

Join us for a Halloween edition of On The Table. Alex will lead a butoh-inspired workshop, guiding us through simple exercises in rituals betwixt self-grooming and self-manipulation. Together we will ponder: What does hair (as historic material, metaphor and keratin-copy of ourselves) mean to us as individuals? Through understanding hair and haircutting as both materials and practices, can we untangle the tensions that hair holds for us? Actual chopping will be invited (but not compulsory) as we spin into the bouncy – and the dark – sides of hair.

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