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Take 1

Deepa Mani & Jacqui Maida

2—3 December 2022

Upstairs Studio

Friday 2 December

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A double bill of works from Deepa Mani, and Jacqui Maida.

Presented as part of the 2022 Take 22 program at Dancehouse.

Deepa Mani | TOUCH

A piece demonstrating the beauty and peace that can be achieved through respect and acceptance.

If this resonates with you, please support them to see this project through to fruition by donating to the Australian Cultural Fund.

Jacqui Maida | It’s an improvised thing

This improvised presentation looks to welcome the audience into a world where rules are bent, connection is made, and commitment is paramount. Through a series of specifically formulated scores, the dancers take their time to use autonomy, tap in to present self, and exchange with one another, all whilst being conscious of decision. The piece’s creation originated from a framework which is being developed by the choreographer, that aims to further enhance awareness in improvised states, movement manipulation, and creativity.

Dancers include: Jacqui Maida with Emily Shoesmith, Indya Brott, Phillipa Chapman, Angelica Menta, and Reuben Macdougall Di Manno

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Deepa P Mani is a Naarm / Melbourne- based Performing & Teaching artist with over 30 years’ experience in Classical Bharathanatyam and 8+ years in Contemporary styles. An accomplished performer, dance theatre producer and owner of Chandralaya School of Dance, she believes passionately in the power of traditional dance to connect people with their heritage, sense of self and inner creativity. Aside from being Artistic Director, Deepa is also a Teaching Artist at the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Regional Arts Victoria & The Song Room. Born in Chennai, Deepa is a lifelong student of the ancient artform of Bharathanatyam.  She has lived – and danced – in India, the United States and now Australia, forging community through her advocacy for dance as a pathway to wellbeing.

Jacqui Maida has trained in dance for nineteen years. In 2019 she completed her Diploma in Elite Dance Performance (Contemporary) and Cert IV in Dance Teaching and Management, and has eight years of professional teaching experience educating a wide range of ages. She made her professional debut in I Wish I Was A Droid in the Melbourne Fringe Festival (2020), presented a work in progress in Lucy Guerin Inc and Temperance Hall’s Out of Bounds program (2022), and has danced alongside Chunky Move company members with their NGV Triennial season (2018). Jacqui is current acting Artistic Associate of Yellow Wheel, and represented the company as Youth Ambassador for the Australian Youth Dance Festival 2022. She has been an educator at The Space Dance and Arts Centre, Utassy Ballet School, and earlier this year had the opportunity to lead a workshop for the QL2 Senior and Pre-Tertiary students in the ACT.

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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