We Move You gives audiences new ways of appreciating choreography by first experiencing it corporeally. After arriving at Dancehouse, you will be guided into experiencing the dance of a Dance Massive artist with your body before watching the performance. This invitation embodies the idea that dance is the most participatory art form, best understood through dancing.
Siobhan McKenna – FRI March 15 – 5pm
Workshop includes one free ticket to Utterance, 6.30pm 15th March.
James Batchelor – SAT MARCH 23 – 5pm
Workshop includes one free ticket to Hyperspace, 6.30pm 23rd March.
Russell Dumas – SUN MARCH 24 – 2pm
Workshop includes one free ticket to Cultural Residues 2020, 5pm 24th March.
JAMES BATCHELOR is an award winning choreographer and dancer from Australia. James trained at the Victorian College of the Arts graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts (Dance) in 2012. Over the last five years he has generated an extensive body of work including commissions from Chunky Move (REDSHIFT) Dance Massive (DEEPSPACE), Dancehouse (ISLAND), The Keir Choreographic Award (METASYSTEMS, INHABITED GEOMETRIES) and the National Portrait Gallery of Australia (SMOOTH TRANSLATION). James’s work has been presented internationally in Paris (La Briqueterie), Versailles (Plastique Danse Flore), Luxembourg (Casino Luxembourg / Trois CL), Bassano del Grappa (Operaestate), Chongqing (501 Artspace) and Bangkok (Creative Industries). He was a resident artist on the RV Investigator, Australia’s marine research vessel, which travelled to the sub-Antarctic Heard and McDonald islands in 2016. As a performer he has worked with choreographers such as Iván Pérez, Anouk van Dijk (Chunky Move), Antony Hamilton, Prue Lang, Stephanie Lake and Sue Healey.
RUSSELL DUMAS left Australia in 1969 and worked in companies as diverse as the Royal Ballet (London), Nederlands Dans Theater (Netherlands), Ballet Rambert (England), Cullberg Ballet (Sweden), Strider (England) and the Ballet Gulbenkian (Portugal) and with the Twyla Tharp and Trisha Brown companies in New York. In 1976, he established the Australian based company Dance Exchange.
SIOBHAN MCKENNA was awarded the Choreographic Award for showing outstanding potential through her work Petri-Dish upon graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts (2016). In 2017, Petri-Dish was remounted and toured to Hong Kong and Singapore with the University. McKenna was the recipient of a NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship (2017), which supported the development of her work Utterance before its premiere in the Melbourne Fringe Festival at Dancehouse (2017). Utterance won the Best Dance Award and the Temperance Hall Award. McKenna has worked with artists including Lee Pemberton on her Artistic Fellowship and has choreographed a short work for Youth Company, fLiNG Physical Theatre, which premiered in Bega, NSW. This year she has had a month’s residency at Temperance Hall to continue to build her choreographic practice and was supported by Dancehouse to travel to Bassano del Grappa and undertake a Choreographic Research week as part of B.Motion Festival.