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On The Table November

Jam on Toast and Piaera Lauritz

15—22 November 2021

Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse

(Every Monday)

Due to COVID restrictions, places are very limited and bookings are essential.

To register to attend or to submit an idea, please email: [email protected]

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On The Table is a weekly event for artistic exchange and collaboration. Dancers of any training background, as well as people curious about movement though new to dance, are welcome.

Each week’s session is hosted by a different artist or collective who are invited to put something ‘on the table’ for everyone to examine together. The program features artists working with different styles of dance, approaches to choreography, methods of bodily practice and relationships to movement. On The Table particularly aims to highlight artists who work with dance in combination with other fields (for example gaming, science, therapy and visual art). Anyone from these intersecting fields are encouraged to come along!

Sessions range from workshops and in-progress performance showings to open artistic explorations. Artists might share choreographic material, a practice, an idea, a framework, a question, a score, a reading or any manner of provocation. Everyone is invited to take part in the tasks at hand. Participation can be as little or as much as desired and you are free to come and just watch.

On The Table is free to attend and everyone is welcome whether you’re a professional dancer or you’ve never danced before. Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move in and bring a water bottle.

Upcoming Sessions:

Monday 15 November, 6.30pm — Jam on Toast (David Prakash and Oliver Le)

How can we come back together after this period of lockdown? Through their venture Jam on Toast, David and Oliver work to foster community and collaboration between dancers of all movement backgrounds and experience levels. Their open-style jams have a culture of empowerment and celebrating uniqueness. You’re invited to this led jam, where we will curiously and collectively feel our way back into the studio. Let’s get sweaty and return to the joy of dancing together!

Monday 22 November, 6.30pm — Piaera Lauritz

This event has been postponed. 

A combined party, performance and collaborative dance-making session to conclude On The Table for the year. There will be lights, music and a fabulous costume station for your enjoyment. Our host will be Billy Soy — a drag king character portrayed by choreographer Piaera Lauritz. Billy has some moves to test out and he needs your friendly help! Whether you’re ready to be his back up dancer or want to sit back and enjoy the party from a distance, this session will be an experiment in live-choreographing a drag number. To have a pre-party introduction to Billy Soy, find him on Instagram at @WilliamVonSoy

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