Meet our Choreographic Intensive participants
Meet the participants behind the inagural 2018 Choreographic Intensive, facilitated by Tracks' Dance Animateur Kelly Beneforti who aims to support emerging choreographers in developing their work to the next stage of craftsmanship and refinement.
My love for dance is intrinsic to my well-being. My dancing journey started in the early nineties when I looked for dance at Cairns Tafe but found only art and music. In 1999 I was successful in my audition to attend The Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane, directed by Michael Leslie, where I completed an Introduction and Cert IV in the Performing Arts. In Darwin, I have attended contemporary ballet classes with Gary Lang and completed the Choreographic Program at Tracks in 2017, which included a public showing of my work, Mother the Giver of Life.
I am passionately into experimental performance art, multi-disciplinary collaborations, and cross-cultural projects. My interests are as much about the process of creation, as in the end results. I let questions emerge naturally, weaving a variety of art forms, psychology and spirituality into all of my explorations through a grounded research methodology. Recent initiatives include Nibbles Theatre, Ritual Opera and Movement Lab, which have focused on immersive art experiences in unusual places, creating site specific performance art that reflects the truth of the moment. I continue my crossdisciplinary participation in projects involving puppetry, physical theatre, contemporary dance, poetry and photography.
My first inspiration for dancing was a DVD that my brother brought home from the shops when I was five. It introduced me to Gamblerz, a world champion break dance crew, and to Bboy Lazer’s insanely fast head-spins - I trained hard every day just to practice that one move, and I still do. For the past fifteen years I can absolutely say that doing those head-spins is the closest thing I've ever felt to flying. Breakdancing also brought out this competitive edge within me which has brought out my confidence. Now I compete not only with other break-dancers, but with myself. That thirst for constant improvement helps me feel alive every day.
To watch the works developed in the 2018 Choreographic Intensive program, book tickets to Fresh Tracks - as part of the Darwin Fringe Festival. For more information about the performance and process follow the link to our Fresh Tracks page.