A sharp, confronting and reflective look at today’s mediated world.

Amongst a pile of out-of-tune television sets, walls converge and a body is caught between hope and fear. Breakings questions our relationship with the media and how it influences our perception of the world.

Hailed by the West Australian as ‘one of Perth’s most promising emerging choreographers’, Aimee Smith is known for her cutting edge political work.

Breakings is an intense intersection between body, sound, screen, and movement.

After the performance join Aimee and guests from the fields of media, performance and cultural theory, as they unpack her work.

Choreographer /Performer Aimee Smith
Sound Ben Taaffe
Video Mapping Jerrem Lynch
Set/Costume Fiona Bruce
Set  Bryan Woltjen
Lighting Mike Nanning
Outside Eye Michael Whaites

Presented by STRUT Dance in association with PICA.
Co-produced by Performing Lines WA & STRUT Dance


Aimee Smith Choreographer/ Performer
Aimee strives to be an artist, dancer, choreographer, lover, helper, fast runner, world changer, big smiler, sharp thinker, deep feeler and a good cook. Since graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Bachelor of Arts Honours 2004), dancing has been taking up most of her time.

As a choreographer Aimee is an active member of STRUT; has been commissioned to create works for BUZZ Dance Theatre (Refund Policy), and WAAPA (waiting for the revolution…, Alpha.Beta, A Lesson in Falling and Crease); has independently choreographed performance and installation works including Accidental Monsters of Meaning (2009), Courageously Heroic Gallantry (2007), fragments of a fracture (2007), Press Play (2006) and 53’ (2006); received the 2007 WA Dance Award for Emerging Artist; carried out a 2008 Asialink artist residency in India; and in 2010 will voyage to the Arctic Circle on an artist–scientist residency. As a performer Aimee has worked with international choreographers Paul Gazzola (Berlin/ Australia), Didier Theron (France), Gideon Obarzanek (Melbourne), Gerard Van Dyke (Melbourne), Phillip Adams (Melbourne), as well as local choreographers Sue Peacock, Deb Robertson, Bianca Martin and Sam Fox.

Aimee is interested in bringing dance back into the world, endeavouring to do this through her community arts practice. Aimee participated in the World Urban EARTH Festival (Canada, 2006), worked as Lead Artist for AWESOME Arts’ 2007 regional arts program, has undergone numerous artist residencies in regional WA communities, and most recently directed TranscenDANCE, a community dance festival in Esperance.

Ben Taaffe Sound
In 2007 Ben worked as lead sound artist for AWESOME Arts Make Your Move Project. An avid collector of sound and music, a DJ and emerging sound designer, Ben’s diverse practice includes hosting The Underground Solution radio program on RTRFM, working as a DJ for Artrage, the UWA Perth International Arts Festival and AWESOME Arts, and supporting touring international DJs. Ben is currently undertaking a PhD in sociology, investigating the intersections of music, social change and politics.

Mike Nanning Lighting
Mike has over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry and brings to this production a wealth of knowledge. Mike has worked in film, theatre, large scale concert and corporate events with an extensive history in national and international touring. His many roles have included venue manager, production manager, tour manager, lighting designer and director. Mike is currently Secretary for The Blue Room (PACS) board of directors.

Jerrem Lynch Video Mapping
Jerrem is a new media artist with a passion for new audiences and technology. After studying Electronic Arts at Curtin University of Technology, Jerrem has spent the last three years working as a commercial artist and interactive systems developer. His latest projects involve experimental mixing of video for live projection into public spaces.

Bryan Woltjen Set
Seconded in London after graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts 1998 Design stream, Bryan has worked in various occupations from portrait artist on the streets of Berlin, to assistant scenic artist in London. Since returning to Perth he has designed productions varying from local fringe to outdoor operatic promenade. Bryan is infatuated by the collaborative process and has co-designed the Breakings set.

Fiona Bruce Set/ Costumes
Fiona has designed set and costumes for Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Hotbed production of Falling Petals (2006) and has worked as a design assistant for Black Swan’s production of Much Ado About Nothing (2009), Steps Youth Dance Company’s Moonwebs and Scorched Thongs (2009) and PIAF/ThinIce’s Antigone (2009). Currently, Fiona is involved with Deckchair Theatre Company as part of their Emerging Designer Program and is the designer for the 2010 Hotbed Program.

Michael Whaites Outside Eye
Michael has been a performer, choreographer and teacher for the past 25 years. A founding member of Dance North, he also danced with Australian Dance Theatre before moving to New York City in 1991. For four years he was a member of Twyla Tharp and Dancers and Irene Hultman Dance. Michael is currently based in Perth, and is the Artistic Director of LINK Dance Company and lectures at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.



2010 | 
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts



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