An important part of my practice is being part of a dance community. This often occurs is having conversations with my peers about each other’s work, shows that we’ve seen, current politics, what we’re reading, writing, thinking, excited by, doing or not doing in the studio, what we’re avoiding. This interaction is powerful and directive. It helps to pull information out from its hiding place, re-look and reformulate it. My peers invite me to reconsider dance yet again. It can be informal and social. It is about care and support. It is about critical watching, speaking and listening.
Dance Speaks is a way to heighten this interaction. Since 2013 Dance Speaks (a collaboration between Chloe Chignell, Jessica Devereaux, Tom Gittings and myself) have invited my peers (emerging and established) to present the nature of their practice in front of an audience, or find multiple articulations of it. The general public is invited.
Dance Speaks artists
2013 2014 2015 2016
Phillip Adams Shian Law Luke George Bhenji Ra
Shelley Lasica Jo Lloyd Rebecca Jensen Rhiannon Newton
Becky Hilton and La Iagrima Deanne Butterworth Tim Darbyshire
Nebahat Erpolat Leah Landau Venue:
Venue: LOOP Bar Brooke Stamp Lucy Guerin PACT centre for emerging artists
Sandra Parker Melanie Lane
Lee Serle Venues:
Yumi Umiumare West Space
Fiona Bryant Gertrude Contemporary
Mariaa Randall Chunky Move
Lauren Dunn, artdocumentation
Dance Speaks was generously supported by City of Melbourne in 2015.