ben ely

Ben Ely makes music and art and loves jamming with people across forms.

 

 

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Megan Clune (2017)

Megan Clune is World’s Only. Megan fluidly shifts between musician, composer and artist. Primarily, her work consists of a dissection of musical elements and contexts through verbal or text-based scores, sound installation and collaboration.

 

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Ian Sinclair

Ian Sinclair is a writer and artist. We met up at UnderBelly Arts Festival and talk about:

 

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Victoria Chiu

Victoria Chiu is a dancer-choreographer.

 

we cover:

  • living in northcote, melbourne, australia.
  • fragile white men – show
  • having enough time to get lost in thought
  • growing up in australia
  • first nations, white australia policy and refugee policies
  • connecting beyond the mainstream
  • there being more than one language
  • collaborating in singapore and shanghai
  • “the default should be that anyone could be from Australia” VC\
  • denying violent past
  • “what is left in the body” VC
  • “the body doesn’t lie” VC
  • dance culture
  • graduating VCA in 2000
  • transforming a nowhere into ‘the space’
  • Hyper Fragility – with Candy Bowers
  • having a foundation for our shared culture
  • privilege
  • fairness and capitalism
  • family history in shanghai and war and hongkong
  • thinking dancers vs machines
  • following the work and what that work needs and wants

 

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Viola Iida

Viola Iida is a Sydney-based independent artist and has most recently worked with Sydney Dance Company as an Associate Artist. She performed “Crazy Times” choreographed by Antony Hamilton in the Sydney Opera House, and toured the work.

 

we talk about:

  • going through SDC PPY
  • choosing challenges
  • being a weird child
  • learning repetiour
  • doing workshops
  • underbelly arts – with Amrita Hepi and Honey Long and Prue Stent
  • collaborating with a VJ and Thermin player
  • taking care of self
  • the financial cost of improving/training
  • 3D printing
  • outside hobbies as skill development – ceramics
  • seeking validation from outside eyes can be poisonous.

 

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Rockie Stone

 

Rockie Stone is an australian circus performer with a drive to create art with her body.

 

 

I actually think that this book is a must-read, for everyone who calls themselves Australian. Important business, to know history. It affects the present, and the perception of it defines the future.

booktopia.com.au/dark-emu-bruce-pascoe/prod9781922142436.html

 

we talk about:

 

  • loitering historically
  • her show – perhaps hope  – cluster arts
  • australia
  • hope
  • edinborough fringe
  • adelaide fringe
  • fright or flight
  • literacy
  • remembering dreams
  • dark emu by bruce pascoe – book about agriculture
  • cultural speedbumps
  • how to observe
  • being a perfectionist
  • seeking the things that buzz your cells

 

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http://acapta.org.au/acapta-members/rockie-stone/

 

Ellen Davies

Ellen Davies works regularly as a performer for choreographic artists. Currently Ellen is interested in the social and cultural constructs of western-based dance performance practices, a history irremovable from the formation of her self-identity.

we talk about:

 

  • good friends
  • being professional
  • dancemassive – being bitten in performance
  • making videos dancing in the bedroom
  • life modelling
  • dancing and thinking
  • deep sea dancers/bec jensen
  • learning how to work
  • inspiration – films, books, perforance works, people, nature
  • intelligence in different forms
  • recognising what’s already happening my body
  • fail vids
  • working, money and changing the world
  • imagining doing other things – like becoming a doctor
  • the trauma of ballet culture
  • show – roadkill
  • hoping for a fun life
  • when heros turn out to be your peers

 

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