FORM Dance Projects present Common Anomalies
3 unique contemporary works fuse to tell each individual’s history
PLUS! … Win a double pass to see this show on Friday November 3 at 8pm!! Simply send in your name and contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title ‘Common Anomalies’. Winners randomly drawn. Closes Oct 31.
FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres will present an exciting triple bill of contemporary dance performances by young artists in Common Anomalies from 2 – 4 November.
Vastly different in style, the three works will explore each of the performer’s unique personal histories. The performances adapt breakdance, visual art, contemporary techniques, vogue and folklore styles in dynamic vignettes.
Each performer’s work will have a unique approach however the common thread between the pieces is the anomalies of each artist – the fusing of things rarely seen together, to create something unique and personal for each.
The 3 works are created by young performers Bhenji Ra, Imanuel Dado and Carl Sciberras.
In Pink Ranger with a Martha Graham effect, Bhenji Ra explores the feminine body in popular culture, modern dance and the ballroom scene.
In Imanuel Dado’s What We Don’t See he attempts to journalise some of his questions about life decisions and second-guessing including artistic choices, career pathways and personal relationships.
Ġbejniet by Carl Sciberras is an ode to his grandmother’s a soup recipe! Like Sciberras, the soup has origins in Italy, Malta and Australia, and will be used as a metaphor to explore mixed race heritage. Sciberras will cook the soup and dance (his)tory in-between.
Commenting on this triple bill, Sciberras said, “Myself, Imanuel and Bhenji all hail from families with diverse Asian and European backgrounds. Our ancestry, our experiences and our communities directly impact our decisions, our views and our approaches to making. Although we are very different artists working in different ways, these solos are all personal expressions. This program is an important and exciting venture for us and we’re excited to share it with audiences.”
About the Creators
Imanuel Dado | Imanuel is a Perth based artist who grew up in Darwin. Imanuel has trained in various martial arts and achieved various sports and athletics achievements. Starting his dance training with B-boying performing with TRACKS Dance Company he then furthered his studies graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2011 and has been working with companies of various art forms and independent choreographers around Australia and Europe. His choreographic interests lies with physical theatre and cross art form fusion, he has been honing his own movement style incorporating his diverse training into his contemporary practice.
Bhenji Ra | Bhenji Ra is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice combines performance and video. Bhenji was recently selected for the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award. Her work is often concerned with the dissection of cultural theory and identity, centralising her own personal histories as a tool to reframe performance. With an emphasis on occupation and at times collective action, her work plays with the multiplicities of spectacle while offering moments of becoming and alternative modules of community to be considered.
Carl Sciberras | Carl Sciberras is a dance artist and producer from Western Sydney. In 2016, Carl was awarded the City of Parramatta’s Creative Fellowship, and in 2017 is the recipient of a Strut SEED Residency, a participant in the Australia Council’s Future Leaders Program and presented his work internationally for the first time at the Malta International Arts Festival. Carl is the Founder/Director of two arts collectives: flatline, a visual art and dance collaboration that creates performance, installation and art works that have been presented across Australia and Asia, and Dance Makers Collective, a group of nine choreographers and dancers from Sydney who collaborate to create shows with “imagination, thoughtfulness, individuality, performing ability and commitment.” (Jill Sykes – Sydney Morning Herald)
2 – 4 November 2017, 8pm
Riverside Theatres – Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
Bookings: Box Office (02) 8839 3399 or www.riversideparramatta.com.au
FORM DANCE PROJECTS is a dynamic hub for Australian contemporary dance, based in Parramatta, Western Sydney. Since 2011, FORM has grown into one of Australia’s leading dance presenters. FORM’s program spans five key areas – presentation, producing, education, community engagement and audience development. Its aim is to support Australian choreographers in all stages of their career; develop artists’ national profiles; provide valuable professional development opportunities; engage with the local community, including young people and cultural performers from Western Sydney, in meaningful ways; and connect with audiences.