Dancing is a way of being oneself but also being a group. So we made a ritual so we can dance together without needing to have the same dance. To feel togetherness especially when we’re not the same.
This project became an instruction booklet, an operation manual, a hand book and a field guide for how we can dance together within a cosmopolitan and many-cultural reality where we no longer share a dance vocabulary with our neighbors. (it is a generative, generous, non-combative way to rethink acculturation/enculturation, cohesive and diverse communities, togetherness and identity).
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It hopes to be a step by step practise that will disintegrate otherness.
It hopes to be a step by step practise that will deliver ones body back to them.
people on the floor everyday:
and special thanks to all the people who joined us on the floor sporadically for some cross contamination:
Sally Hare, Adrian Bacani, Elle Evangelista, Kassidy Waters, Lauren Eiko, Sam Smith, Asher Freshneiz Bowen-Saunders, Matthew Massaria, Natalie Pelarek, Joshua Thomson, Angela Goh, Rhiannon Newton, Thuba Ndibali, Libby Montilla, Ivey Wawn, Yukino Mchugh, Sophia Ndaba
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DANCED TOGETHER. I'm so lucky to have, and shared the space with amazing people. @themattmosphere @vanessamarian_ @miklouise @joshuathomson_ @tareemay @zyrelmontilla @tesk12 @jessaholman @ange_goh @dirtyfeetltd #ilearntmyculturaldancefromyoutube #dancedtogether Photo Credit Hayley Rose Photography
(In the 2nd (opening night) video, the ritual is preceded by a task to dance every style one has ever seen. This task is separate to the ritual and was included in the theatre as a consideration of having an audience. It came from an initial idea called I Learnt My Cultural Dance from YouTube and has grown into it’s own group and solo project.
The ritual #dancedtogether is designed to be participated in, not to be viewed passively.)
opening night full show:
this project was supported by Dirty Feet’s Out Of The Studio program and performed on instagram live and at Shopfront Arts Centre.
post show Q&A video:
reflection written by Vicki Van Hout can be viewed here: An Epilogue To NAIDOC Part Three – FORM Dance Projects – danced together review
A follow-up “Danced Together” jam happened Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November at Critical Path as part of Happy hour. Special thanks to Vicki Van Hout and Lucky Lartey who graciously joined be even though they had their own works to present. And thank you to the dancers in the audience who joined for a cycle on sunday.
Article written by Vicki here: One is the only number – FORM Dance Projects
pics and video of saturday below:
pictured below: Thomas E. S. Kelly and Matt Cornell.
The book is now in:
- The NSW State Library Archives (Sydney)
- The Farm library (Gold Coast)
- Dance Nucleus studio library (Singapore)
- Critical Path Research Room library (Sydney)
- King St Arts Centre green room library (Perth)
- private collections in UK and Europe