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Dancing 'the state of the air'

Discover how dance and dancers can communicate the experience of weather. Choreographer Lucy Guerin introduces her dance work 'Weather' and talks about her ideas for creating a performance. Find out what drew her to this surprising subject and why she feels dance is an excellent medium for expressing ideas and different ...

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Dancing close '2 One Another'

In his dance called '2 One Another', Rafael Bonachela, choreographer and Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company, explores the idea that we enter the world with nothing and we are then shaped by our experiences and relationships with the people we meet. Collaborating with him are an ensemble of highly skilled dancers, ...

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Filling an empty space with dance

What does Sydney Dance Company's work '2 One Another' look like when it all comes together in the theatre? The stage is no longer an empty space. Instead, through the collaboration of a team of people, it is filled with light, movement and sound, which interact to create a new experience for artists and audiences alike. ...

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Dancing with design: the testing phase

Explore the effects of production and design elements on dance. Lucy Guerin and her dancers have moved from the rehearsal space into the theatre. For the first time they can experience the design elements for the new dance work 'Weather'. Guerin asks the dancers to move with these elements, discovering that not all ideas ...

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Making Weather: Dancing in the clouds

Observe a stage of the development of dance performance 'Weather' by Melbourne based dance company Lucy Guerin Inc. Guerin and her dancers have moved into the theatre where they will perform and the elements of choreography, music, set and props must now be combined. Some things need to be reworked while others need a complete ...

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Dress Rehearsal - over to the dancers now

See how, even at the stage of dress rehearsal, a dance performance continues to develop and refine. In this clip choreographer Lucy Guerin discusses the big ideas which have shaped her dance work 'Weather' for her company Lucy Guerin Inc. We see Guerin working on the final details of the dancers' spacing as well as the ...

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Collaboration: Dancers' input, Choreographer's eye

Observe choreographer Lucy Guerin and her dancers as they explore a process of improvisation and taking risks with movement in order to discover new material for the Lucy Guerin Inc production of 'Weather' . This clip describes the importance of developing trust between the choreographer and the dancers, and the exciting ...

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Dancing identity

What do ancient rhythms and the locking and popping of hip- hop dance have in common? Choreographer Shaun Parker was inspired by both ancient and contemporary dance forms when he created 'AM I', a dance piece that explores what it means to be human in the 21st century. Explore how six dancers, a large screen, live musicians ...

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Making 'Weather': developing dance movements

Discover the sources of inspiration that Lucy Guerin and her dancers explore as they develop the dance work 'Weather'. In this clip, choreographer Guerin challenges the dancers to explore movement that reflects lines of pressure, or weather fronts, as they appear on a weather map.

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Dancing weather maps: ideas of circularity

Imagine a weather map you might see on the daily news. The many lines indicate different levels of air pressure that are part of what makes weather. In this clip, choreograhpher Lucy Guerin describes how a fascination with weather maps led her to explore one of her central ideas of circularity in her dance work 'Weather'.

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Finding structure in chaos

The inspiration for new dance works can be found in all sorts of ideas and issues. Choreographer Lucy Guerin describes her fascination with chaos and order and how that impacts on her choreographic decisions about how her dancers move and interact - the shape and structure of her dance work 'Weather'.

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Dancing with cacti

Can you imagine dancing with a cactus? Alexander Ekman, a young choreographer from Sweden, thought critics often told audiences how they should think and feel when they watch a dance. He felt people should be allowed to make up their own minds. Watch this clip to see how he has fun with this idea in a dance called 'Cacti' ...

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Emergence of a dance

Do you always know how something will turn out before you begin? In creating the dance work 'Emergence' for the Sydney Dance Company, choreographer Rafael Bonachela and designer Benjamin Cisterne didn't. From interesting images they collected and discussed, both the dance and the design emerged. Bonachela created movement ...

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A dancer's dancing day

What do dancers need to do to keep at the top of their game and be ready to respond to the demands of working on new choreography? Thomas Bradley, a Sydney Dance Company member, takes us through his daily routine as a full-time dancer during the making of the dance '2 One Another'. The choreographer working with Bradley ...

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Crowding the dance floor

Imagine yourself in a crowd. Do you feel part of the crowd or do you feel alone in the crowd? 'Assembly', a collaboration between Chunky Move and Victorian Opera, explores these ideas through dance, choral music and sound. Here you can see aspects of the work, which reflects the ways crowds move and act. The work was devised ...

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Dancing a life story

Choreographer Leigh Warren was so inspired by the life story of his friend, Cambodian-born dancer and choreographer Xiao-Xiong Zhang, that he devised a dance about him. It's called 'Not According to Plan'. Warren collaborated on the work, for Adelaide's annual OzAsia Festival, with a designer, costume maker and composer ...

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Connecting sculpture to dance

The former artistic director of Chunky Move, choreographer Gideon Obarzanek, was inspired by the sculptures of Reuben Margolin to create the dance 'Connected'. These sculptures made him think about what happens when a dancer begins to dance on stage and the way they transform from a person to a body in space.

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Competing in the dance

Stompin, a Tasmanian-based youth dance company, created a performance based around the idea of competition - with the input of the dancers as well as their families. 'On Your Marks' also took into consideration the space where the dance was to be performed. In this clip, listen to one of the choreographers discussing how ...

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Dancing the Torres Strait winds to life: Kuki

Inspired by the natural environment, Torres Strait Islander choreographer Elma Kris created the dance 'About' as an expression of the effects that the winds (Gub) have on the land, sea and community. This clip shows the segment 'Kuki' (pronounced Cook-ee), which is inspired by the strong north-west winds that blow between ...

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Dancing The Torres Strait winds to Life: Zey

Torres Strait Islander choreographer Elma Kris created the dance 'About' as an expression of the effects of the winds (Gub) on the land, sea and community. The four seasons in the Torres Strait Islands relate directly to the type and direction of the winds. Kris has explored the effects of the Zey (pronounced Zay) - cool ...