Strange attraction in dance residency

THE recently rebranded Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres are about to stage an unusual dance residency dedicated to all thing choreographic.


“Strange Attractor” has been developed by local dancers Adelina Larsson, Alison Plevey and Jamie Win bank and will run at Gorman Arts Centre from August 11-17.

Nine dancers either based in the ACT or with a demonstrated connection to Canberra, will work with Melbourne choreographer Natalie Cursio, who will act as a provocateur, mentor, and workshop leader and provide a critical eye for the participants.

The idea came about after the success of a pilot project in 2013 held in conjunction with Ausdance’s Australian Dance Awards. In 2014, the creative team decided to offer ACT-based dance artists, or dancers with a strong ACT connection, a residency devoted solely to choreography.

Larsson says the project is more than just creating a polished piece of dance. “The focus is for artists to share their choreographic approach and to provide audiences with insight into how and why choreography is created and investigated.”

Some of the new works that will be developed at Gorman Arts Centre during the residency include Canberra-based dancer, Jamie Winbank’s, Sonder, exploring human interconnectedness, be it online, merely in passing by or in ‘real life’. Amelia McQueen will develop a process translating verbal language into physical or vocal rhythmic patterns. ACT-based choreographer, Alison Plevey, will investigate spatial dynamics that constantly, and often unconsciously, impact patterns of existence. Other participating artists include Cadi McCarthy, Laura Boynes, Janine Proost, Paul Jackson, Tanya Voges and Miranda Wheen.

The week-long residency will culminate in two public showings of works in development at Gorman Arts Centre, which will be accompanied by discussions of the participants’ choreographic ideas and investigations.

“Strange Attractor” showcase, at QL2 Theatre, Gorman Arts Centre, 6pm Saturday 16 August and 5pm Sunday August 17. Bookings to or tickets at the door.

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