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The Bill #5

Two For Now, Alice Will Caroline

'What’s Actually Happening' (2022), Alice Will Caroline. Photo by Gregory Lorenzutti.
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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 #5 brings together Alice, Will and Caroline with Two for Now for an evening dedicated to experimentation and provocation within improvisational performance. How do we make ourselves receptive to influence and capable of exerting influence? How do elements like scores, prompts, and risks integrate into our work and creative process? How might difference support process and/or encourage experimentation?

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Curator: Two for Now (Emily Bowman and Joey Lehrer)
Collaborators/Performers: Emily Bowman, Joey Lehrer, Alice Dixon, William McBride, Caroline Meaden
Moderator: Phillipa Rothfield

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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: Alice Will Caroline

Alice Dixon, William McBride and Caroline Meaden (Alice Will Caroline) have been working together in Melbourne/Naarm since 2013. They have made and performed eight original works of dance and theatre, carving out a distinctive aesthetic and formal contribution to the local dance ecology. They have presented work in festivals and venues including The Keir Choreographic Award, Dance Massive, Next Wave, FOLA, Dancehouse, Carriageworks, the Substation, Temperance Hall, Arts House, Abbotsford Convent and NGV, and received numerous awards and nominations, including the 2019 Green Room Award for Best Ensemble Performance (Dance).

Over their careers Caroline, Alice and William have collaborated/performed with artists and companies including: Phillip Adams Balletlab, Lucy Guerin, Antony Hamilton (CHUNKY MOVE), Walter Dundervill, Michelle Heaven, RAWCUS, Shelley Lasica, Pony Express, Morgan Aldrich and Katrina Cornwell, Marina Abramovic, Sandra Parker, Deanne Butterworth, Victoria Chui, Opera Australia, Lz Dunne, Monica Bill Barnes and Co, one step at a time like this and Reckless Sleepers.

Moderator: Phillipa Rothfield

Philipa Rothfield works between philosophy and dance, through writing and in the studio. She is currently Creative Advisor at Dancehouse and teaches dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, where she is an honorary fella. She is a member of the Green Room Awards Dance Panel and has served as judge for Dance and Physical Theatre at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. She is the author of Dance and the Corporeal Uncanny, and coeditor, with Angela Conquet, of The Dancehouse Diary. She also reviews dance, with over 70 dance and theatre reviews to her name. She is co-director and co-choreographer, with Priya Srinivasan, of The Durga Chronicles, which won a Green Room award in 2023. She is also Honorary Professor in Dance and Philosophy of the Body, at the University of Southern Denmark.

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