Sense of Place
Janice Florence & Weave Movement Theatre Ensemble
Can our senses tell a story?
Places can become unfamiliar as people stray, as our cities are carelessly knocked down and rebuilt before our eyes. Even our home can be made inhospitable as we lose a sense of our place in it. Sense of Place is an exploration of the spaces and places in our hearts, minds, memories and everyday reality through physical theatre, soundscape, and visual projections.
Sense of Place is an invitation to our senses to discover untold stories. What place does this smell evoke, this sound, this sight? A comment offered through 3D sound, fragrance, images, and movement, Sense of Place is a surprising and witty new work, with a wonderful streak of absurd humour, which gently asks people to question their space and place in the world.
Co-Creators & Performers: Anthony Riddell, David Baker, Emma Norton, Greg Muir, Trevor Dunn
Co-Director & Choreographer: Janice Florence
Co-Director & Sensory Theatre: Zya Kane
Sound Design: Lisa Greenaway
Media & Projection design: TAN Kang Wei
Set & costume design: Sophia Burns
Lighting design: Brad Vaughan
Support Artist: Joshua Lynzaat
Creative Producer & Web, Graphic Design: Taka Takiguchi (滝口貴)
Stage Manager: Anso Swann Biguet
Publicist: Eleanor Howlett (Sassy Red PR)
Photographer: Vikk Shayen
Videographer & Edit: Cobie Orger
Weave Movement Theatre is a bold, diverse dance/theatre company made up of disabled and non-disabled performing artists. Since its formation in 1997 the company has helped pave the way for inclusive practices to become the norm – making the stage an area for dynamic and exploratory performance. A space to challenge power and celebrate movement.
Anthony Riddell is a performer, poet, novelist and visual artist. Antony has performed with Weave Movement Theatre since 2000. He was involved in the punk and fringe music industry in Sydney and Melbourne playing with bands such as Nada and Volvox and performs regularly at spoken word nights across Melbourne. Antony is a trained visual artist from the Sydney College of the Arts. He exhibited a solo exhibition at Blindside Gallery in 2015 called Fingerprints on the Surface of the Brain, collaborating with Christopher LG Hill and Liquid Architecture to present a performance program for the exhibition. Antony is a prolific writer and has self-published over 15 books. In 2018 he was awarded the Writeability Fellowship through Writers Victoria to develop his manuscript The Sun Is Not Fun. In 2019 he was highly commended for Writers Victoria’s Publishability Fellowship. Antony’s absurdist characters from his writing are often used as the basis for scripts or dialog for Weave’s performances.
David Baker completed Ignition theatre Training (2005, NMIT), VCAL Arts and Multimedia (2007, Swinburne TAFE) followed by a Diploma of Theatre Arts (2009, Swinburne TAFE). David performs as a stilt walker and balloon artist at various events across Melbourne. In 2011 David completed a two year Internship at Red Stitch Actors Theatre, in the role of ASM when this production was remounted at the Fairfax Studio, Melbourne Arts Centre in 2012. David is a founding member of Rollercoaster Theatre, and volunteer artist with FOG Theatre (City of Port Phillip), RAG Theatre and Dream Theatre. In 2013 he was a member of the cast of “Casa Del Crip,” a pilot sit com about people with disabilities. He was selected for a Professional Development opportunity at the Unlimited UK Arts Festival in London in 2012 where David learned techniques for body mapping, which he shared in masterclasses in Melbourne in 2012/13. David is employed as an Usher at The Melbourne Arts Centre. David joined Weave in 2015.
Emma Norton is an emerging dancer and choreographer. Currently studying at NMIT (Ignition Theatre), Emma’s passion is to become a performer and develop her own dances to be seen by wide audiences. Already, Emma has taken lead roles in various performances including as a member of BoilOver Inc. In 2009 /10 Emma performed at the Awakenings Festival and participated in Rawcus’Flashmobat Federation Square. In 2013 she was a street performer at Sunfest where she developed an improvised routine to engage local attendees. Emma is developing her public speaking skills and this year was a key speaker at the Have A Say Conference and is a committee member of BoilOver. Emma joined Weave in 2015.
Greg Muir is a Yorta Yorta man, who is a visual artist and performer. Greg joined Weave in 2011 and has been involved in all Weave performances to date including the most recent performance of Forbidden Laughter in the ButohOUT 2019 Showcase at the Abbotsford Convent. Greg is an accomplished artist who was awarded the Creative Victoria Award for Excellence at the Koorie Art Show in 2016. In 2017 Greg won Best Achievements in Arts (Visual) at the Funds in Court Inspire Awards, by the Supreme Court of Victoria. Greg has been involved in the promotion of the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Melbourne Museum and the Aboriginal Heritage Trust at Federation Square. In his spare time he enjoys playing Balloon Football League.
Trevor Dunn graduated with a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts/Melbourne University in 1995. Trevor was a co-founder of Weave Movement Theatre, and has performed in all Weave productions since 1997. Trevor has taught drama and dance to young adults with disability at the Art Life program at Footscray Community Arts Centre and has worked alongside many well-known improvisation teachers such as Al Wunder and Nick Papas. Most recently Trevor performed in ‘A Normal Child’, directed by David Woods, performed at the Northcote Town Hall.
Janice Florence is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Weave Movement Theatre. She trained in dance in Australia and the USA. In 1983 she completed a Graduate Diploma of Movement and Dance at Melbourne University. For 10 years, she was a performer, teacher and researcher with State of Flux, one of the first Australian companies to include a dancer with a disability. Janice has worked and had residencies with Karen Nelson, exponent of ‘diverse dance’ in the USA and with Blue-Eyed Soul, Touchdown and CanDoCo in the UK. Janice is the recipient of the inaugural 2019 Disability Arts Award for an Established Artist from the Australia Council for the Arts.
Zya Kane is a performance maker driven by a passion for immersive, participatory experiences that challenge traditional boundaries. With a focus on sensory and immersive practices, she explores the intersection of contemporary performance, community engagement, and the power of play. Zya’s work encompasses devising, directing, designing, and performing in unconventional spaces, blurring the lines between performer and audience. Committed to fostering collaboration and active involvement, she delves into intimate moments that awaken the senses and imagines new artistic frameworks for diverse participants. Through interdisciplinary training Zya aims to create sensory-rich performance experiences that engage and ignite transformative experiences.
Lisa Greenaway is a sound artist, broadcaster, DJ, and linguist. Her spatial sound work is created in collaboration with the culture, geography, and spirit of place, tapping into the rhythms of language and landscape, contributing an experiential creative expression of new ecologies of listening informed by folkloristics and deep listening research. As a sound designer Lisa has collaborated with video and projection artists, theatrical and installation artists, storytellers and poets. Recent sound design includes collaborative performance / installations DSA at Arts House, Weave Movement Theatre’s Sense of Place, The Memory Go Round at Abbotsford Convent, WOVEN at Gasworks, a solo spatial sound installation for MPavilion, spatial sound design for White Night Melbourne projection installations at State Library Victoria, and a solo residency at the 4DSOUND Spatial Sound Institute, Budapest. As DJ LAPKAT, Lisa produces audio-cinematic storytelling and slow dance podcasts and mixes, performing live in Australia and Europe.
Kang Wei Tan is a cinematographer of Singapore heritage based in Melbourne. His cinematography practice centres around the poetic and the sensory, with a focus on the way our cultural narratives shape and mould the personal relationships we have with the worlds around us. He has worked with a range of film directors from Singapore and internationally, and the films he has worked on Wanton Mee (2016), Under the Same Pink Sky (2020) and Still is Time (2017) have premiered in Berlin Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, and Uppsala Short Film Festival. He also worked with WEAVE Movement Theatre in 2020-2022, Wanna be a
Rabbit? (2020) and Still Wanna be a Rabbit? (2021) & Sense of Place – 1st Development (2022)
Sophia Burns is a Melbourne based designer specialising in set and costume design for live performance. She graduated from The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2016, obtaining a Masters in Design for Performance. Sophia likes to work closely and collaboratively with those involved in the making of a performative work. She is interested in creating unique and dynamic connections between audience, performer, object and space. Sophia’s interest in exploring relationships between people, movement and space flourished during her undergraduate studies in interior design. In 2013 she completed a Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) at RMIT. She then practiced as an artist before discovering a way to merge her passions for design, art and performance.
Brad Vaughan is a sound and light designer, and cinematographer in Naarm, Australia. Predominantly working alongside individuals with disabilities, Brad is passionate about the facilitation of ideas and storytelling both on stage and behind the camera. Starting his career in the UK, Brad has notably worked with the BBC and on multiple Melbourne International Comedy Shows. In 2023, Brad started his own production company, Synthesis Productions, expanding into cinematography.
Joshua Lynzaat is a performer and theatre maker who also collaborates on live art works. He grew up in Geelong and Bendigo, and moved to Melbourne in 2007 where he got involved in student theatre. Now, Joshua has a focus on devising and ensemble practice, working with Rawcus (and having previously been a member of the Dig Collective). Joshua is also an audio describer with Vitae Veritas.
Taka Takiguchi (滝⼝貴) is an independent practicing artist and producer of Japanese heritage based in Naarm (Melbourne) with over 10 years of experience in the arts sector. His unique background as a social worker and an inclusive art practitioner have greatly informed his artistic aesthetics and producing practice. He founded his production company, ImPermanence Productions in 2015 and has achieved to produced 25 community-led performing arts festivals in 4 countries (Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and India) and programmed several hundred artists from all around the world since 2015. He is a receipent of Victorian Independent Producers Initiatives 2020-21 (Creative Victoria). As a performance member and a production support, he have been working and collaborating with Weave Movement Theatre since 2018 through the works: Forbidden Laughter (ButohOUT! 2019), Wanna Be A Rabbit (2021 & 2022) & Sense of Place 1st Development (2022).
Anso Swann (they/them) has worked in the performing arts, mainly as a performer and a trainer, for the past 20 years. They have performed and taught in multiple settings, including street theatre, site specific performance, immersive theatre and community circus. They are now expanding their skills to production work and are very excited to collaborate with Weave Movement Theatre as a stage manager.