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Submerge #1

Emma Riches, Alexandra Collins with Alexandra Clouston and Jennifer Ma with David Leupolu

12—13 December 2020

Sylvia Staehli Theatre


Saturday 12 December
1:30, 3:00 & 6:00pm

Sunday 13 December
2:30 & 5:00pm


With minimum capacities in venues this year, we ask that you respect your reservation and the amazing artists and creatives performing, regardless of cost. If you’re feeling unwell or can no longer join us, please let us know by 1pm Friday 11 December so we can offer your seat to someone else.

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The Sylvia Staehli Theatre has been transformed into a gallery space where you can experience three different durational or looped works, occurring simultaneously. Explore the space as you feel, and leave the space at any point within your allotted hour.

Presented as a part of Submerge (Emerging Choreographers Program).

Emma Riches | course of action

a long way
a long way to go
a long way to go, still

A passage, a dance, a document, a navigation, an approach, a series of translations, a repetitive wave that shifts with the passing of time.


Alexandra Collins and Alexandra Clouston | a piece

The artists have chosen not to include a description of this work.


Jennifer Ma and David Leupolu | We are…


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Emma Riches is a dance artist based in Melbourne/Naarm. Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015, she has created work for The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Fringe and YW2. As a performer she has worked with many independent artists for contexts such as Next Wave, Dance Massive, Melbourne International Festival, AGNSW, Melbourne Art Fair and FOLA amongst others. Emma is currently a part of Exquisite Corp through Temperance Hall.

Jennifer Ma is a Melbourne-based Taiwanese dance artist. Jennifer is a graduate of Transit Dance and finished her studies under the mentorship of Israel Aloni. Jennifer has also been a member of Mute Crew since 2015 and a company member of Yellow Wheel for numerous years. Jennifer performed in Stephanie Lake’s ‘Colossus’ in Melbourne’s Fringe Festival and International Arts Festival. Growing up between two worlds both culturally and artistically, Jennifer has found her own choreographic interest in the meeting point of cultures and dance genres which resulted in the premiere of her first full length work, Home(s), at Melbourne Fringe Festival. By working with diverse Krump, Hip-Hop and Contemporary dance artists, Jennifer Ma & Collaborators’ projects aim to celebrate the crossover of Melbourne’s dance communities and cultures.

David Leupolu is a Melbourne-based freestyle dance artist. He has explored aspects of dance such as choreography with Mute Crew, Hip-Hop (freestyle) and recently experimenting in Contemporary. Since 2018, David and Oliver Le have been running ‘Jam On Toast’ a weekly dance jam for the Melbourne dance community – where people come to dance, hang out and connect with new people. Oliver is also his partner for the event ‘Cross Styles’, which has successfully brought international judges, battle guests and local dancers together for 2 editions since 2018.
His most recent achievements (2019) include: GARAKUTA by Kotodama (Top 4); ARTCRW Rookie Cookies Battle Vol. 1: 1v1 (Top 16); Dancer in Home(s): a full length cross-genre dance work as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival; Battle24k Finals TAIWAN (Runner-up); Soarstice 1 on 1 House battle TAIWAN (Top 16)

This program is funded by the Packer Family and Crown Resorts Foundations. The pilot program was proudly supported by Clifton Hill/North Fitzroy Community Bank Branch – Bendigo Bank and the Robert Salzer Foundation.

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