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The Bill #3

Two for Now, Trotman and Morrish

'Trotman and Morrish', Peter Trotman and Andrew Morrish. Photo by Lisa Larsdotter Petersson.
6 July 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.

The Bill #3 brings together Peter Trotman & Andrew Morrish (duet) with Emily Bowman & Joey Lehrer (duet) for an evening that delves deep into ongoing performance improvisation relationship. These two duos will dance the next part of their unfinished performance conversation, then chat further about the experience of being one and one, one of two, two together and more.

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Curator: Two for Now (Emily Bowman and Joey Lehrer)
Collaborators/Performers: Emily Bowman, Joey Lehrer, Peter Trotman and Andrew Morrish
Moderator for Artist Chat: Neil Thomas

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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.

Guest Artist: Trotman and Morrish

Peter Trotman and Andrew Morrish first met in an Al Wunder workshop in 1981, subsequently they became founding members of Al’s company, “Theatre of the Ordinary” where they both stayed until 1987.

From 1987 to 1999, they continued to work together as “Trotman and Morrish”. Their work consisted of both regular studio practice and regular performance seasons, performing in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Hobart, New York, Dalton Tx and Miami Fl. They were entrenched community members of the improvisation milieu based around Al’s, Cubbitt St Studio and Martin Hughes’ and Fiona Cook’s, Cecil St Studio.

Since 1999, both have focussed primarily on their solo practices and, occasionally, when asked, also perform together on an extended “farewell tour” with performances in Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Berlin and Goteborg. Whilst supported by the shared milieu of Al’s work they have always seen their stylistic differences, and the tools they jointly developed as the core of their interest in performing together.

The Bill is another chance to see what they do, before it is too late!

Moderator for Artist Chat: Neil Thomas

Neil Thomas has an international  career of over 35 years in breaking theatrical traditions, including the award winning  ‘Urban Dream Capsule’ and  ‘Museum of Modern Oddities’.   His latest work Bunker Tapes in collaboration with Patrick Cronin is site specific explorations of improvisation, character, and text over original electronic soundscapes.

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