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The Bill #1

Two for Now, Kimberley McIntyre (NSW) and Joerg Hassmann (GER / QLD)

'Dancehouse Finalé: Now Pieces' (2022). Emily Bowman and Joey Lehrer. Photo by Namchops photography.
6 April 2023

Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse

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The Bill extends the improvised performance realm through the sensibilities of Contact Improvisation.


A monthly platform curated by Two for Now (Emily Bowman and Joey Lehrer) and dedicated to dance improvisation performance where moments of high exposure and fleeting visibility are caught in the flow of spontaneous production.

At each event, an established guest or group is invited to perform in a double bill alongside Two for Now, for a duration of up to 30 minutes each, followed by an Artist Chat.


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Two for Now on The Bill #1:


The Bill launches on a special evening for many contact improvisers in the southern hemisphere. That is, the eve of the Australian Contact Improvisation Convergence (ACIC), which is the national gathering for Contact Improvisation (CI) practitioners in Australasia. Like the Convergence, The Bill takes on the spirit of ACIC, which is to come together to deepen, share and exchange in the dance and community.


From a dancing lineage that values weight, gravity, and touch, four longtime CI practitioners converge for the first time after several years. Ready to launch, alive to the surprise, and curious to see what happens, Emily Bowman and Joey Lehrer (duet), Kimberley McIntyre (solo) and Joerg Hassmann (solo) endeavour to expose their practices and share where their interests are now.


Curator: Two for Now (Emily Bowman and Joey Lehrer)
Collaborators/Performers: Emily Bowman, Joey Lehrer, Kimberley McIntyre and Joerg Hassmann
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Two for Now:

Emily Bowman and Joey Lehrer are an improvisational duo [ two for now ]. They have been dancing, researching, teaching, performing and documenting their Contact Improvisation (CI) collaborations together, for the past decade. Between them, they have collectively over three decades worth of CI experience.

Their practice has been supported by various prestigious national grants as well as residencies for performance research such as Tasdance (2017), Bundanon Trust (2018), Strut dance SEED (2018), Dancehouse Artist Cut (2019) and Dancehouse’s Emerging Choreographers Program (2021). In 2022, they presented their first full-length collaborative improvisational work titled Weathering as part of Dancehouse’s Season Two program.

As individuals, Emily and Joey have taught and performed CI extensively across Australia, as well as around the world (New Zealand, Malaysia, Germany, United States, Canada, India, Japan). They are respected practitioners of the CI form and key contributors to the Australian CI community. Emily is currently undertaking practice-led research (PhD) at Deakin University, which involves researching and performing CI with Joey.

Joerg Hassmann:
“Dancing was one of the things I was the most scared of … hard to believe that it became my passion and profession and let me travel the globe in the last 30 years. Instant composition and performing was a strong driving force for me after I discovered the dance through Contact Improvisation. It moved further into the background over the years, when teaching CI became my main field of exploration, but performing is alive in my practice. I am still intrigued by the question how to share my fascination for the moving and sensing body with people who aren’t moving themselves.”


Kimberley McIntyre:
Kimberley McIntyre is a dance artist, teacher and performer living in regional NSW where she has developed her dance practice methodology, Curious Body. Kimberley collaborates with other independent artists and musicians, instigating projects and events in the region, and is affiliated with NORPA, Lismore Gallery & The Quad, The Tweed Gallery, The Drill Hall Theatre with Old Men Dancing (OMD), VK Collective and MaKom Collective. Recently Kimberley has been working as a movement consultant for local theatre productions. And is currently on the organising team for The Australian Contact Improvisation Convergence.

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