Homebodies (Dance Film Installations)

Homebodies (Dance Film Installations)


    Winnellie and Darwin City

    Darwin Fringe Festival, 8 - 9 July (cancelled due to COVID lockdowns)
    Darwin Visual Arts, 26 Nov - 11 Dec

    Homebodies (Online and at Home)

    In 2020, like most Australians, dance artists were required to work from home for a time. We were at the beginning of dealing with COVID-19 as a world pandemic and many things were unknown. 'Homebodies' was designed to maintain relationships with twelve Darwin artists, (at a time we could not come together in a studio), by engaging them in a collection of shared online workshops, resulting in solo works created and filmed within the artists’ home environments. A secret future film duet (unbeknown to the artists) was imagined with paired dance scores and instructions being the starting point for the solos. 

    Darwin's COVID situation was different to other Australian Capital cities and did not go through severe and extended lockdowns. Given our unique tropical lifestyle, people’s idea of what home is often extends beyond four walls: from the lounge to the dry season bushland, to the cliff faces at the edge of the ocean.

    Homebodies 2020

    Homebodies (Warehouse Installation)

    In 2021, as part of the Darwin Fringe Festival, the individual solo films were to be drawn together into an art installation. Six short films of each of the duet pairings were created and a final film drew together all twelve solos. Secrets are revealed as connections are made across pairings, and an overall image of what we love and why we live in this place rises to a point of celebration.

    The Installation was to be set within an industrial warehouse and laneway, where audiences could determine their own pathway and navigate their experience. Sadly, Fringe organisers made the tough decision to cancel the festival days before it was due to start as a result of COVID lockdowns and restrictions.

    Interview with Jess Devereux and Tim Newth about Installation

    Homebodies (Gallery Installation)

    On November 6th the Homebodies film (drawing together all twelve solos) won 'Best Experimental Film' at the 2021 Fist Full of Films Festival Awards Night at the Deckchair Cinema.

    The award was supported by Darwin Visual Arts Gallery, as a result, their multimedia gallery space was awarded to Tracks to show the Homebodies film during the gallery's members exhibition.

    The Gallery Installation includes the winning film, accompanied by the six films of each of the duet pairings.

    Installation Program

    Creative Team

    Concept and Curation:  
    Kelly Beneforti & Jessica Devereux

    Homebodies Artists:  
    Venaska Cheliah, Sheila Rose, Ricky Borg, Cj Fraser Bell, Kyle Walmsley, Alex Jordan, Kelly Beneforti, Kristi Renfrey, Jenelle Saunders, Maari Gray, Jessica Devereux, and Bryn Wackett

    Videography: Duane Preston

    *All films can be viewed by clicking the Video tab at the top of this page

    Company Partners

    Tracks Inc is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.

    Tracks 2021

    Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
    Company Director: Adelaide Wood
    Administrator: Jo Shearn
    Production Manager: Duane Preston
    Dance Animateur: Jessica Devereux
    Bookkeeper: It Figures

    Committee Members: Venaska Cheliah (Chairperson), Andrea Wicking (Vice-Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), David Taylor, Michael Grant, Ken Conway, Max Dewa Stretton, Rachael Wallis. David McMicken, Tim Newth, Adelaide Wood (Ex-Officio Members)

    Public Fund Trustees: Maari Gray, Will Crawford and Lachlan Peattie

    Patron: Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory

    Alex Jordan. Film Still - Duane Preston
    Bryn Wackett. Film Still - Duane Preston
    Cj Fraser Bell. Film Still - Duane Preston
    Jess Devereux. Film Still - Duane Preston
    Jenelle Saunders. Film Still - Duane Preston
    Kelly Beneforti. Film Still - Duane Preston
    Kristi Renfrey. Film Still - Duane Preston
    Kyle Walmsley. Film Still - Duane Preston
    Maari Gray. Film Still - Duane Preston
    Ricky Borg. Film Still - Duane Preston
    Sheila Rose. Film Still - Duane Preston
    Venaska Cheliah. Film Still - Duane Preston
    Homebodies Darwin Visual Arts Installation. Photo by Duane Preston
    Homebodies Darwin Visual Arts Installation. Photo by Duane Preston
    Homebodies Darwin Visual Arts Installation. Photo by Duane Preston

    Gallery Installation - Venue

    Darwin Visual Arts, Ground Floor, Harbour View Plaza, Darwin
    Friday, 26 Nov - Saturday 11 Dec at 2 pm

    Warehouse Installation

    Darwin Fringe Festival
    (cancelled due to COVID lockdowns)
    Thu 8 - Fri 9 Jul
    7.00 - 9.45 pm

    Entrance Times: 7.00, 7.40, 8.20 & 9.00 pm 

    *It is recommended to allow 40 minutes of viewing time


    96A Winnellie Rd, Winnellie
    Darwin Industrial Estate


    $15 Full
    $10 Concession

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