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On The Table Opening Party

Piaera Lauritz

'On The Table' (2021). Photo courtesy of the artists.
21 March 2022

Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse

6—6:30pm: Costume table open to play with
6:30pm: The party beings

This is a free event. No bookings are required, just rock up. Please bring a water bottle and wear clothes you are comfortable to move in.

The studio is wheelchair accessible, with all gender and accessible bathrooms available. Please reach out with any accessibility requirements: [email protected]

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A combined party, performance and collaborative dance-making session to kick-off On The Table for the year.

There will be dancing, 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

About On The Table:

On The Table is a weekly event for artistic exchange and collaboration run by Caitlin Dear and Rebecca Jensen. 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.

For any questions or to submit an idea, please contact [email protected]

Instagram: @on.the.table.melb

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