Jenni will begin each day with a Contemporary Technique class based on release principles of softening the body, directing energy and finding freedom within form. Exploring sophisticated co-ordination with efficiency and balancing mobility and strength to access whole physical potential.
From here participants will expand awareness to each other’s bodies, empathising with another body and ultimately deepening understanding of themselves. Through improvisation they will explore the choreographic possibilities of colliding bodies and the significance of unity and connection in space.
Brooke will lead participants through afternoon sessions that will build upon Jenni’s morning explorations, developing choreographic and compositional possibilities through rich improvisational processes stemming from authentic movement practices, drawing, visualising and sounding the space. These sessions will illuminate the dancers’ core kinetic and energetic impulse to move, and support participants to consider, energy, texture, imagination and creative location through practicing seeing and being seen. Dancers will warm their bodies into action, explore moving with eyes-closed, visualization, vocalizing, phrasing and articulating both independently and as a group to develop new modes of awareness of space and others.
Throughout the past 15 years Brooke has been a visionary contributor to dance and performance in Australia. With a rich 15 year history of collaboration with Avant Garde dance company Phillip Adams Balletlab and a flourishing solo choreographic career, Brooke has been instrumental to the evolution of performance culture and practice in Australia as well as within an international context. brookestamp.com
Parallel to her dance and teaching practices, Brooke is currently undertaking a Masters by practice lead research at the University of New South Wales School of Art and Design, where she is researching the body as a living material document. Her research explores a mysterious intersection of seminal Earth Works by Sculptor Robert Smithson and the futurist La Metachorie of the early 20th century artist Valentine De Saint Point. A background of research into Vedic and Scientific concepts of ‘spatial time’ creates the foundation of Brooke’s improvisational methods.
Jenni has performed and toured with companies and independently throughout Australia. She graduated from WAAPA in 2010 receiving the Hawaiian Award for most outstanding dancer. She has since danced with Leigh Warren & Dancers in the Phillip Glass Trilogy, with Tasdance performing and touring works by Anton, Francis Rings, Larissa McGowan, Anna Smith, Marnie Palomares, Byron Perry and Tanja Liedtke. Jenni has also performed and toured various independent works including Reflect by Sue Peacock, Wintering and Borderline by Aimee Smith and Mouseprint by Isabella Stone. Other notable collaborations include Prying Eye Productions, Cadi McCarthy and Dean Walsh. In 2015 Jenni joined Dancenorth under the directorship of Kyle Page and has since performed works with the company by Lisa Wilson, Jane Pirani and Alisdair Macindoe.
Monday 30 November – Friday 4 December 2015
9.30am – 3.30pm (daily)
(We recommend you attend the dance lab for the whole week. If you cannot commit to all 5 days, please contact the Ausdance Qld office on 07 3122 7628.)
Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
Age 16+ all welcome, dance training preferable
Ausdance Members – $250
Full – $290
Date(s) - 30/11/2015 - 04/12/2015
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Judith Wright Centre