WA Dance Awards

Posted by Morgan Leek, November 25th, 2010

Last night the annual WA Dance Awards (WADAs) were held at Bamboo Amphitheatre in Mount Lawley to crowds of eager limbed dancers, choreographers, designers and arts industry professionals.

Hosted by Ausdance WA, the WADAs recognise and celebrate the achievements of the West Australian dance community, in the areas of performance, choreography, technology, service, teaching and community.

Anyone may submit a nomination and the winners are selected by a committee of judges, selected by Ausdance WA.

This year several productions and artists supported by Performing Lines WA were nominated for awards. Sue Peacock cleaned up two, taking home Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer for Harakiri and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for Epilogue. Jacqui Claus won the Award for Emerging Artist and Andrew Lake won the Award for Design and/or Composition in Dance for Sprung. Please find a full list of the winners below.

Highlights of the night included Andrew Lake accepting his award via a pre-recorded video which was overtaken by the antics of friends, and performance interludes between the awards by STEPS Youth Dance Company, WA Ballet, Dawn Jackson and Lee West, and Company Upstairs.

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and for Ausdance WA for putting on such a special event!

The winners ofthe 2010 West Australian Dance Awards

Ausdance WA Lifetime Achievement Award
Deanna Blacher

Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer
Sue Peacock
in Harakiri choreographed by Didier Theron, presented by STRUT dance

Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Male Dancer
Sergey Pevnev
for the role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Youri Vamos, presented by West Australian Ballet

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography
Sue Peacock
for Epilogue, presented as part of “Short Cuts” by STRUT dance

Award for Emerging Artist
Jacqui Claus

Award for Design and/or Composition in Dance
Andrew Lake
for Sprung, choreographed by Sue Peacock with Stefan Karlsson, presented by STRUT dance in association with PICA, produced by Performing Lines WA

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community or Regional Dance
Buzz Dance Theatre
for Big Stretch

Award for Services to Dance
Jo Donnellan
Gabrielle Sullivan

Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching
Joanne McDonnell

Meeting the creatives behind Kings and Queens

Posted by Morgan Leek, November 18th, 2010

Words & Photos: Sarah Rowbottam

Yesterday I was more than happy to step away from my computer and take a trip to CIA studios to see what the core creatives for Kings and Queens (working title) had been up to over the past two weeks.

After hearing murmurs from Fiona about their movements, it was no surprise to see that Chrissie Parrott (Director/ Choreographer), Reg Cribb (Writer), Jonathan Mustard (Sound Composition) and Patrick Doherty (Visual Artist) had definitely taken hold of the space. Walking into ‘the hub’ I was met by half painted canvases, half empty red bull cans, and a half dressed artist – Patrick Doherty.

Reign development Photo: Sarah Rowbottam

Far from coy, Doherty had been working hard (to the beats of hip hop) on producing three amazing large backdrops for the Kings and Queens showing next week. As the visual artist for Kings and Queens, Patrick’s work has been the catalyst for the first stage creative development, with Reg, Chrissie and Jon all creating content in response to his canvases and characters. If you are not familiar with Patrick’s work, click here for some examples.

Reign development Photo: Sarah Rowbottam

Next stop was Studio Four, where the windows were laced with the most exquisite costumes, and Chrissie and Jon were busily working on sound and direction. The costumes (finished with intricate appliqués and embroidery), together with some incredible head pieces, were on loan from the WA Ballet – and were the perfect adornment for any king or queen.
Photo: Sarah Rowbottam

At 3pm the cast turned up for the first official meet and greet. We were taken on a tour by Chrissie to see some of Patrick’s work, hear Reg’s script and listen to Jonathan’s sound effects and music. I was amazed how much these guys had achieved in less than eight days.

Next week the team of four will become fifteen as they kick start their third and final week of development at King Street Arts Centre. Luckily for me they will be right upstairs, so expect daily updates on what they get up to.

Reign development Photo: Sarah Rowbottam

Reign development Photo: Sarah Rowbottam

Reign development Photo: Sarah Rowbottam

Reign development Photo: Sarah Rowbottam

Find out more about Kings and Queens (working title) by clicking here.

Second Week of Creative Development for Kings and Queens

Posted by Fiona de Garis, November 17th, 2010

Pictured (left – right): Patrick Doherty, Reg Cribb, Chrissie Parrott
Photo: Karen Elizabeth Sekararum

A lot of progress has been made on the Kings and Queens project so far this and last week. The scenes are drawn with general plans for each actor’s role in the production.

Patrick is busy at work creating large backdrop painting which will colour the scene and Chrissie, Reg and Jonathan have been creating scripts, scenes and musical soundscapes.

Everyone is gearing up for next week when rehearsals start at Kings Street.

Karen Elizabeth Sekararum, Intern, Kings and Queens

King Street Arts Centre Cake-Off

Posted by Morgan Leek, November 15th, 2010

Like all good baking competitions today’s King Street Arts Centre Cake-Off was rife with sugar, glutton and friendly competition.

The theme of the day – summer. The most common ingredient? Lemons.

There were seven cakes and tarts to taste, and over 20 eager arts workers to try them. The winner was a delicious Chocolate Lime Pie. The baker, Bec Speidel (Communications Officer from Community Arts Network WA), won every bakers dream – a babushka cupcake mould. Please see the recipe below.

All proceeds from the Cake-Off went to a regional arts organisation in WA’s Gascoyne.

A big thank you to the Regional Arts Development Team at Country Arts WA for organising the event, I feel positively sick!

Sarah Rowbottam, Communications Manager, Performing Lines WA

Chocolate Lime Pie
Based on Nigella Kitchen

300g chocolate biscuits
100g dark chocolate, chopped
60g butter, softened

395g can of sweetened condensed milk (chilled)
300mL double cream
Zest and juice of 5 limes (juice should come to 175mLs)

23cm fluted non-stick pan with a removable base

To make the base, whizz the biscuits and chocolate in a food processor until crumbly, then add the softened butter – zap till it starts to come together. Press into the fluted tin (using a spoon or your fingers – a spoon works better) all the way up the sides making sure there is a good thick base. Put in the fridge to chill.

Pour sweetened condensed milk into bowl and slowly whisk in the lime juice.

With a hand or freestanding mixer, add in the double cream and whisk until thick.

Spoon into the prepared base. Chill for a minimum of 4 hrs in the fridge, or preferably overnight. When serving, remove from tin and decorate with lime zest and grated dark chocolate. Should keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Grants Lodged Online

Posted by Morgan Leek, November 10th, 2010

Our Communications Manager’s last words to me as she left for the day were ” I want you to write a blog post about the experience of grant deadline day”. Here I sit at 17 minutes before the Australia Council’s Theatre Board new work applications close for November, and I am pleased to tell you that ‘our’ artists have now lodged all planned applications. Yippee.

However planned and organised we try to be, somehow there is always a last minute something to be revised or attached…times that by several applications…and I’m sure, gentle reader, you will not be surprised to hear that Deadline Day was fuelled by tim tams, coffee, apples (three actually), and Eva Cassidy on repeat.

Music Board deadline next week…

Fiona de Garis, ‘Producer of Good but Expensive Ideas’