Taree Sansbury spoke to wombat radio a year ago about her upcoming work MI:WI (can listen back to that here – http://wombatradio.com.au/taree-sansbury/)
Now that Mi:Wi has premiered at NextWave Festival, Taree takes some time reflecting on how the process unfolded and her feelings around it.
Info about the work from program:
mi:wi is a new dance theatre work that will show a world where past and future are intertwined using contemporary indigenous dance technique and the cultural practice of weaving from the Ngarrindjeri people of South Australia.
As Mother Nature’s fate hangs by a thread, we find ourselves scrambling for a lifeline. Though sometimes tangled, the connection back to our ancestry might just hold the answer. ‘Mi:wi’ refers to the invisible ties we have to our past and future, people and country. In this arresting dance-based work, choreographer and dancer Taree Sansbury thoughtfully re-connects three Indigenous women through the practice of traditional Ngarrindjeri weaving.
Looking back and moving forward with a growing sense of urgency, mi:wi speaks to the impact of climate change on ways of life while emphasising the importance of the passing on of culture to future generations. With one eye on the future and the other on the past, Sansbury weaves strands of timeless indigenous wisdom through the fragmented madness of our times.
Venue: Main Hall, Northcote Town Hall
Tickets: FULL $28, CONCESSION $23
Choreographer/ Performer: Taree Sansbury
Performers: Caleena Sansbury, Katina Olsen
Ngarrindjeri Elder/ Cultural consultant: Phyllis Williams
Lighting Designer/Stage Manager: Cheryn Frost
Costume Designer: Peta Strachan
Mentor: Vicki Van Hout
Image: Jamie James
you can read a review of Mi:Wi here – http://artsreview.com.au/miwi/
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Performance Space (Sydney) Residency
Kassidy Waters is a 22-year old emerging artist from the Hunter Valley in NSW. She is a proud Aboriginal Wanaruah Woman.
(i’m excited by) “what can’t we see that shapes everything” – KW
we talk about:
- living in and out of cities
- community barn dance
- employment as a dancer
- indigeneity and tasking in a dance process
- the fresh prince of bel air
- pilates scholarship
- upcoming dirty feet residency – apply here
- Darug dances and land
- studio process
- vibrational hum of the universe
- creating your own universe
- growing up around animals
bat echolocation explanation explained in a song – http://bats.mattcornell.com
“I do all of the dance things” – Sami Jane Smith.
- ausdance DAIR residency – “Like a lady“
- tasking eg. making the audience uncomfortable
- directing using your words
- growing up ‘out west’
- doing something that’s important to yourself
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