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Take 2

Shyama Sasidharan, Caitlin Mewett & Thomas Woodman

2—3 December 2022

Sylvia Staehli Theatre

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A triple bill of works from A triple bill of works from Shyama Sasidharan, Caitlin Mewett, and Thomas Woodman.

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

Shyama Sasidharan | Patra Perspectives

Explore the art of dancing on the edge of a brass plate — a practice seen in Kuchipudi dancing. How does changing the way we frame the dance, lend a different experience?

Caitlin Mewett | Plated

The body is her shield. She is covered and plated. The cold metallic calls ready, a symbol of power and stance. Yet beneath her shell resides softness and fragility. Steel transforms to silk. A shedding. A truth.

Plated sees one body establish a dialogue with the world they inhabit. The dialogue is the dance, a navigation of physicality. We enter her realm and then leave.

Thomas Woodman | Echo

Echo is informed by a simple thought – just as an individual can have multiple perspectives and identities at the same time, a performance itself can too.

Echo explores approaches to fragmenting or un-inhabiting the body and, conversely, to multiplying it. It reveals a tension between obscuring and recognising what makes up a self. The body is seen as a site for choreography to move around, rather than something that is executed. Flesh will be emptied. Words and actions come in and out of sync with each other.

I want to fracture, break in half. I want to fall through the cracks. I want to be a cacophony.

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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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