Open House 1993

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Brown's Mart Theatre, Darwin

Welcome to the first Open House, an evening of dance with a difference. What you are about to see are “draft” works by various local artists and community groups, devised as a way for people to present short works and works in progress, rather than waiting for full production. It is rare to see dance in this work-in-progress stage and for many it is a new experience. Most of us understand a visual artist and the way they often do sketches first; similarly dance sketches are often hauntingly beautiful in their simplicity and rawness.

It also allowed artists to gather feedback before proceeding further. This gave the audience a chance to talk to the artists and see how they work, what makes them tick, why do they do what they do, how do you go about making a dance, and what do the dancers think about it all? Brown's Mart Community Dance program provided the administrative, technical and production support to various community dance groups. The final collection was of fourteen short new works. The theatre only seats 85 people but we managed to fit in 120, such was the interest in this style of work.

April 18th 1993

Creative Personnel

Coordinators: Sarah Calver & David McMicken
Lighting Design and Technician: Matthew James
Photography: Lizard
Front of House: Helen Haritos

Performers

Darwin Dance Mob – Kids Group, Adults, Older Adults (Grey Panthers), Corrugated Iron Youth Theatre Group and dance group, Lisa Campbell, Emmanuelle Ferrieux, Casuarina Secondary College Dance Students, Scottish dancers, Stephen de Souzo, Local Troupe

Scenario

Hello, How Are You, And What Is Your Name. An improvised gesture dance.
Performers: Cast and Audience

Yes Lets
Performers: Darwin Dance Mob, Kids Group
Choreography: Sarah Calver and group
Music: Kolo Kolo Kolo – Bobby McFerrin

Bugs N Things
Performers: Corrugated Iron Youth Theatre Dance Group
Choreography: David McMicken, Sarah Calver and group
Music: Sing Sing – Not Drowning, Waving

Scary Scary Night
Performers: Corrugated Iron Youth Theatre
Choreography: David McMicken and group
Music: Of These Hope – Peter Gabriel

Poetic Reflections
Choreographed and performed by: Lisa Campbell
Poem: Jim Morrison

Little Miss Riding Hood
Performers: Corrugated Iron Youth Theatre
Choreography: David McMicken and group
Music: Yes Sir I Can Boogie – Not Drowning, Waving.

Esther Who?
Performers: Dance Mob, Older Adults (Grey Panthers)
Choreography: Sarah Calver, David McMicken and group
Music: This Time The Dream’s On Me – Ella Fitzgerald

The Song of Nature
Choreographed and performed by: Emmanuelle Ferrieux

Look Inside
Performers: Dance Mob, Adults Group
Choreography: Sarah Calver, David McMicken and group
Music: Drumming – Steve Reiche

Symbols of Life
Performers: Casuarina Secondary College Dance Students
Choreography: David McMicken and group
Music: Robert Lloyd

Scottish Dancing
Performers: The Scottish Dance group

Sister Act Take II
Performers: Dance Mob, Older Adults (Grey Panthers)
Choreography: Sarah Calver
Music: Hail Holy Queen – Sister Act Motion Picture Sound Track

If You’re
Choreographed and performed by: Stephen de Souza

A Glimpse of Chaos
Performers: Local Troupe
Choreography: David McMicken and group
Music: Laurie Anderson, Deep Forest, and Peter Gabriel

1993

Brown’s Mart Community Arts Dance Development Offices: Sarah Calver, David McMicken

[Under Brown's Mart Community Arts – Executive Officer Ken Conway]

“Young and old dance with delight. Twin sisters Nadine and Briony Manion dance with Audrey Gorring, proof that age is no barrier when it comes to enjoying dance … it is modern dance expressive of the here and now.”  Nicole Cridland, Northern Territory News

“I congratulate you on the success of Open House. I acknowledge the tremendous amount of thought, effort and dedication put in. Thank you for your gift of inspiration and skill which you so willingly and patiently share with those of us fortunate to take advantage.”  G. Wilkinson

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