Posted by admin, September 17th, 2014
Aimee Smith is a busy lady. Recently returning from working in London, she’s straight into the rehearsal room ahead of the premiere of her latest production Borderline. It’s no small undertaking either – using the Studio Underground at the State Theatre Centre, she is choreographing for eight dancers
TS: Borderline – what’s it all about?
AS: Borderline is a dance work that explores the experience of collective or cultural insanity – that which we might see in the pack mentality of a mob, in the extremes of religious doctrine and mass media, and certainly, but perhaps more subtlety, in our capitalist consumer driven lives.
TS: You’ve got some of Perth’s best up and coming dancers working on this project. How did you go about choosing artists, and how is it working a cast that large?
AS: I knew this work was going to be physically demanding and at times quite a spectacle in its aesthetic so that of course informed the casting for the work. I’m absolutely loving working with such a superstar team and large cast. It’s so energising in the studio and, for this particular work, its also essential to the realisation of the ideas behind it.
TS: I’ve heard that rehearsals have been really fun and a bit of a different process – lots of play and experimentation, maybe even a séance…! What’s been happening in that room?!
AS: Oh that’s top secret! But I’m glad you’ve heard rumours that it’s been fun though because I’ve been concerned with how hard I’ve been working the dancers! We’re trying to create the majority of this work in the space of four weeks so it feels really tight and I’ve been cracking the whip a bit. But yes, we’re trying to find the fun when we can. There is a lot of room for the fantastic in this work…..
TS: Ben Taaffe is on board as your collaborator on this project for the first time. You’ve worked together previously, so how is his role different on this project? Does music play a more significant role than in previous works?
AS: So often in dance I think the design elements of sound and lighting often get left until the end and are used only to serve that dance but Ben and I are both really interested in how the dance and design can grow together and inform each other, to create a really integrated work. Hence, in 2012 during an artist residency in Kyoto we began collaborating together on some ideas that have since grown into this work, Borderline. So yes, we’re collaborating much more closely on this work, though as the work has evolved into a more traditional dance production I guess I’ve taken the reigns a bit more.
TS: What can we expect from the show? What should we look out for?
AS: You should look out for the incredible dancers as well as the gorgeous designs by Trent Suidgeest (lighting), Holly Boyton (costumes) and of course Ben Taaffe (sound). You can expect some darkness mixed with the fantastical.
Posted by admin, August 14th, 2014
Rachel Arianne Ogle | Aimee Smith | Danielle Micich.
Three WA choreographers. Three brand new works.
precipice | Borderline | Overexposed
Invest in the cutting edge of contemporary dance in Western Australia. These three bold new productions bring together the finest dancers and creative teams in the state to present new ideas, visions and conversations.
See all three works for just $90 – phone 1300 795 012 or at the Box Office.
precipice from rachelarianne on Vimeo.
precipice a dance of abandon and precarious control, pushing four dancers to their physical limits.
Animal herd, cult hysteria, rock concert, protest riot; Borderline – a work at the edge of (in)sanity.
Two rooms, two top solo performers, one story, nothing is private – Overexposed sees a life unravel from two very different points of view.
This is your chance to secure your tickets to these three new works, all premiering at the Studio Underground. See all shows for $90 – includes a welcome pack from each production.
precipice 21 – 24 August | Borderline 1 – 4 October | Overexposed 22 October – 1 November
Posted by admin, July 17th, 2014
James Berlyn recently completed a creative development of a new processional performance work inspired by Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man” speech from As You Like It.
One audience member at a time works their way through a series of experiences, each a different stage on their life’s journey. At the end of the experience, audience members receive a photo album of their “life”, tracing their progress from “birth” through their awkward teen years, life struggles and ultimate end.
An invitational meditation on life, featuring James, Adam Booth, Ella Hetherington and Sarah Nelson, this development was supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.
All images by Vanessa Stasiw.
Posted by admin, June 24th, 2014
Following tonight’s festival launch, we’re thrilled to announce that James Berlyn has not one but two shows in Brisbane Festival this year!
Packing up the sparkles and heading east, James will perform his new one-on-one participatory work Silent Drag Photo Booth of Berlyn at the QUT Theatre Republic throughout the festival. The show was developed as part of Proximity Festival’s Party For 1 last year before heading to the Festival Of Live Art in April.
This new production will run directly after Tawdry Heartburn’s Manic Cures – the first time Tawdry will appear in the River City. The installation will be available for public viewing throughout the festival, with Tawdry on hand to pamper your paws from 6:30pm to 8:30pm nightly.
Both shows will be performed from 9 – 27 September (Tues – Sat) in the Parade Ground of the Theatre Republic at the Queensland University of Technology. Excitement! Check out the full Brisbane Festival program here>>
A happy snap from last year’s Theatre Republic, taken by Thom.
Main image credit: Vanessa Stasiw
Posted by admin, June 24th, 2014
The Performing Lines WA team will be at the APACA Conference in Hobart from 1 – 3 July presenting three breakout sessions of James Berlyn’s Crash Course, and an encounter session for Sensorium Theatre’s Oddysea.
Royal Society Room – Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Producer Contact: Fiona de Garis
Wednesday 2 July | 11.35am – 12.35pm & 3.00pm – 4.00pm
Thurs 3 July | 1.45pm – 2.45pm
Mawson Room – HFCC
Producer Contact: Rachael Whitworth
Wednesday 2 July | 4.30pm – 5.15pm
Both Fiona and Rachael will be available, and Marketing Manager Thom Smyth will also be in attendance. Contact details? Click here>>