Reflect

Choreographed by Sue Peacock

About

A white road that goes nowhere. Five people in their underwear. Hawaiian shirts are back in fashion and a girl in a blue dress twirls in the distance. Sounds of the 70s morph to the 30s. Suddenly everyone is well dressed and behaving badly.

Caught in a slippage between present and past, they dance in a luminous infinite space. Their movement is precise but their relationship to each other is not. With no horizon to determine the vertical, how do they maintain stability, stay together, move forward?

What we know is shaped by what we remember. Perception defines reality.

Choreographer Sue Peacock
Production Design Andrew Lake
Sound Design Ben Taaffe
Performers Jenni Large, Storm Helmore, Bernadette Lewis, Tyrone Robinson and Kynan Hughes

 

REVIEWS

I’ve long been a fan of Peacock’s style and she doesn’t disappoint – it’s lengthy, it’s luscious. It’s at once laid-back and energetic, elongated and released. It’s well worth a look. Nina Levy, The West Australian

Reflect is an uplifting work, the allure of which lies in the sublime music (by Ben Taaffe) the engaging performers and Peacock’s choreography which exudes a sense of shared collusion in the weird humour encased in our brazen, ill-informed behaviour. Rita Clarke, The Australian

 

PERFORMANCE HISTORY
2014 | 
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, NSW
2013 | 
Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia

Biography

Sue Peacock Choreographer
Sue danced with the Australian Dance Theatre for eight years, followed by work with Limbs (NZ), 2 Dance (now BUZZ Dance), Helen Herbertson, One Extra Dance Co., Fieldworks Performance Group, Chrissie Parrott, Co.Loaded and ID339 Dancegroup. Sue has worked as an independent artist since 1992 and made commissioned works for Australian dance companies and tertiary training institutions. She is a Lecturer at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and was Artistic Program Manager of STRUT for ten years. Sue has received both a Churchill Fellowship and an ArtsWA Creative Development Fellowship. She has received West Australian awards for Best Female Dancer, Services to Dance and Outstanding Achievement in Choreography and the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance for Questions Without Notice. In 2011 her work SPRUNG received awards for both choreography and design.

Andrew Lake Production Design
Working together since 2000, Andrew Lake has developed a longstanding artistic and collaborative relationship with Sue Peacock. His work has toured nationally and internationally. Andrew was a finalist for the Helpmann Awards in 2004 and Green Room Awards in 2006. He won the 2010 West Australian Dance Award for Best Design or Composition in Dance for SPRUNG. Andrew lives in Singapore and has done so for the past five years. He continues to work as a freelance theatre, arts and corporate events designer across the Asia Pacific region.

Ben Taaffe Sound Design
An avid collector of sound and music, Ben’s diverse creative practice includes sound design for choreographers Aimee Smith, Sam Fox and Sue Peacock, co-hosting The Underground Solution radio program on RTRFM, and DJing, promoting and partying with the M.O.V.E. Foundation for Musical Health and Well-Being. Ben has recently completed a PhD in politics and cultural studies at Murdoch University, investigating the intersections of music, social change and politics in the lives of young people.

Kirby Brierty Stage Manager
Kirby is a freelance stage and production manager based in Perth, Western Australia. Kirby graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts Stage Management course in 2010 and went on to complete a Bachelor of Communications at the WA Screen Academy graduating in 2011. Since then Kirby has worked on a variety of productions across theatre, film and events. She has worked with many international athletes, actors and creatives, with diverse credits including event managing the International Water Polo Tournament The Tom Hoad Cup, and Production Manager at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012. At WAAPA Kirby worked with directors such as Jason Langley and Michael Jenn and choreographers including Chrissie Parrott and Michael Whaites.

Storm Helmore Performer
Storm grew up dancing in country Queensland before moving to Brisbane to undertake a Bachelor of Science. After graduating Storm returned to dancing and was soon performing and teaching regularly in Brisbane, mainly in hip hop styles. In 2011 she obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). During her training at WAAPA she performed in works by Dean Walsh, Matthew Morris, Sue Peacock and Xiao Xiong Zhang. Since graduating, Storm has worked on creative developments with Sue Peacock, Rachel Ogle and Isabella Stone. She has performed as a dancer in West Australian Opera’s production of The Pearl Fishers, alongside French company Les Commandos Percu for the opening event of the 2013 Perth International Arts Festival and in Sam Fox’s work Personal Political Physical Challenge at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne.

Kynan Hughes Performer
Kynan graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Dance) in 2000. Since then he has performed and toured both around Australia and internationally with companies and choreographers including: Leigh Warren and Dancers, Dance North, Sydney Dance Company, Natalie Weir, Rafael Bonachela, Emanuel Gat and Kenneth Kvarnstrom. In 2012 Kynan attained his Bachelor of Arts, choreographed at WAAPA, performed in Chrissie Parrott’s Cicada and Sally Richardson’s The Ghost’s Child. In 2013 Kynan performed in Chrissie Parrott’s work for Luminous night, James Berlyn’s Tenebrae et Lux for Perth Festival and choreographed and performed in With a Bullet: The Album Project for Fringe World. Kynan is currently choreographing works for LINK Dance Company and STEPS Youth Dance Company and developing new production, Mermaid X with Sally Richardson.

Jenni Large Performer
Jenni graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2010, receiving the Hawaiian Award for Dance. She was also selected for exchange and studied six months at the Taipei National University of the Arts. At WAAPA Jenni performed in works by Nanette Hassall, Aimee Smith, Alice Lee Holland, Sue Peacock and Anton. She performed at the World Dance Alliance (NYC) in works by Michael Whaites, Sue Peacock, Leda Muhana (Brazil) and Christian Von Howard (USA). In 2011 Jenni seconded at Sydney Dance Company, Leigh Warren and Dancers, Australian Dance Theatre, Chunky Move and Dance North. In 2012 Jenni performed Aimee Smith’s Wintering at Next Wave Festival, Melbourne. She also joined Tasdance, touring and performing in work by Anton, Francis Rings, Larissa McGowan, Anna Smith, Marnie Palomares, Byron Perry and the late Tanja Liedtke.

Bernadette Lewis Performer
Bernadette completed Honours at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts with LINK Dance Company in 2011. She spent the year working with Ross McCormack, Paul Selwyn Norton, Frances Rings and Michael Whaites. With the company she toured to Amsterdam, Montpellier and Eastern Australia. She completed her Bachelor degree in Dance at WAAPA in 2005. During this time she performed new and remounted works by choreographers including Paea Leach, Tracie Mitchell and Phillip Adams. Festival performances include the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Movement Sur La Ville, ITS and The Northbridge Festival. As an independent dancer she has performed new works by Patrice Smith and Bianca Martin and worked on a both developments of Reflect with Sue Peacock.

Tyrone Robinson Performer
Tyrone attended Hampton Senior High School, one of the few high schools in Western Australia with a specialist dance course through the Gifted And Talented Education program. Tyrone performed with STEPS Youth Dance Company from 2007 to 2009 and in 2010 he was Assistant Choreographer on the STEPS main house season Phoenix. In 2011 Tyrone received the STEPS Emerging Artist Scholarship, which he used to travel to New York for a secondment with established American choreographer Kyle Abraham and his company Abraham.In.Motion. In November 2011 Tyrone graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Arts (Dance). At this early point in his career he has worked with artists from all around Australia including Sue Peacock, Claudia Alessi, Dean Walsh, Kim Adam, Matthew Morris, Rachel Ogle and Alice Lee Holland.

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PERFORMANCE DETAILS

Producer Contact:
Fiona de Garis
fiona@performinglineswa.org.au
+61 8 9200 6213

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