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Leading up to this years Milpirri performance Tracks was once again resident at Lajamanu School. Each class from grade three upwards was involved, having one workshop per day over five weeks. Jess Devereux, Nick Power, Kelly Beneforti, and local Caleb Japanangka Patrick, led the dance workshops under the supervision Tracks Artistic Directors David and Tim.
Classes were taught utilising dance techniques, including contemporary, break dance, street styles, and hip hop alongside basic drama training, to explore Warlpiri cultural themes and morals. This year the over-riding theme is Pulya Rani – the winds of change, and is based on a Dreaming where in order to create movement (in body and soul), to get unstuck, it is necessary to ask for help and create a wind that provides extra fuel and push for the fire.
“Fire is the glow of life. The four winds – from North, South, East, West – control the fire, control us. Milpirri is the story that will ignite the fire of who we are.” - Steve Jampijinpa Patrick
Last weekend we ran a 'work in progress' showing of the five new works to be inclued in Eight to Eighty, the architecture of age.
Works were choreographed by Jess Devereux, Gary Lang, Kristy Rickert, Bryn Wackett, David McMicken, Tim Newth and cast.
We welcome the cast of EIGHT TO EIGHTY - THE ARCHITECTURE OF AGE. Isaiah Balcombe, Clarissa Blum, Yasna Delo, Lotus Emblard, Jonathan Lokangaka, Jyotsnna Ranijithkumar, Yehani Wanigaratne, Tahnee Cvirn, Ashley Dougan, Ferdie Flordeliza, Annaleigh Greenwood, Jake Kunde, Bennett Muller, Kiara Musco, Venaska Cheliah, Lauren Campbell, Darren Edwards, Ruttiya McElroy (Suansri), Kristi Renfrey, Theeradet (Teddy) Suphannabutt, Nirudya Saranga Alwis, Lailah A. Masiga, Thevi Chelliah, Ellen Hankin, Rosa Norman, Bryn Wackett, Gary Lang, David McMicken, Chandrika Munasinghe, Brendon Cabury, Carmel Alderson, Darryl Butler, Antonietta Vanzella, Punny Vegter, Linda Mansour, Barry Thomson.
In March and April, we enjoyed the company of the inimitable video artist Zoe Scoglio, who ventured from Melbourne town to balmy Darwin for a new dance film project with Tracks. Zoe created not one, but TWO stunning site-specific dance films! The first, entitled “TO SAND” was a collaboration with Tracks’ Choreographic Program participants Bilha Smith, Ashley Dougan, Deni Ranasinghe, Theeradet (Teddy) Suphannabutt, Jacqui Willcocks and Kristi Renfrey, led by Dance Animateur Jess Devereux. Movement phrases were performed up trees at Frog’s Hollow Centre for the Arts gardens and along Mindil Beach at sunset. Following one week of playing with costumes, make-up and choreography in Darwin, Zoe and Jess then ventured with their cameras to Alice Springs. They spent five days working with the fantastic Dusty Feet Dance Collective, comprising dance artists Miriam Nicholls (nee Bond), Sila Crossley and Hayley Michener. The creative team of five developed costume ideas and choreographic scores at the Alice Springs Youth Centre, then headed out to the stunning Clay Pans, a vast expanse of water, red earth and desert plains. An epic film shoot from daytime until nightfall ensued, full of laughter and mud caked bodies. The result is a dance film entitled “TO CLAY.”
Zoe Scoglio is a media artist who creates video and sound for public, performance based and site-specific outcomes. Current work involves spontaneous collaborations and explorations into transformation and ritual. As well as her solo and commissioned works, Zoe is a collaborator and curator with Melbourne based artist-run-initiative, Tape Projects and The Gaylord Sisters.
See "TO SAND" and "TO CLAY" http://www.tracksdance.com.au/year-dragon-choreographic-program
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