Meri Otoshi – Ep 29

Meri Otoshi is a dancer, performer and maker currently living in Osaka, Japan. We speak about her family seal, mentality towards contemporary art in Japan, living abroad vs living at home and many other things.

more info:
http://mericious.wix.com/meriotoshi
http://kiwameri.blogspot.com.au/
https://vimeo.com/user3592429

Kelly Beneforti – Ep 28

Kelly Beneforti is a dance artist based in Darwin, Australia. She is currently the Dance Animateur at TRACKS dance company. Kelly gave me an hour in her office to discuss:
– the international food in Darwin
– working towards something
– what it means to work in dance
– social values/people and place
– the challenge of Darwin
– perks of the job – raiding the costume store
– considering difference and equality
– the value of dance beyond western values
– cultural identity

more info:
https://www.facebook.com/kelly.beneforti
http://tracksdance.com.au/early-career-residency-kelly-and-caleb

Geoffrey Watson – Ep 27 (part 2)

Geoffrey Watson is based in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently one of the selected “Kickstart” artists. We met at the Arts Centre to speak about his project amongst other things including:
– who is included in the world of aspiration
– anxiety causing modes of engagement
– entering a the safe space of “theatre”
– giving celebrities too much credit
– homo-normative as a social construct
– rejection of the status-quo
– donating your remains to art

more info:
http://exhibitions.slv.vic.gov.au/dome100/100-dome-stories/perspectives-dome/dancer-dome
http://nextwave.org.au/artist/geoffrey-watson/
https://www.linkedin.com/pub/geoffrey-watson/97/808/434
https://vimeo.com/user19993003
https://www.facebook.com/geoffshka
https://www.facebook.com/alroyandjam

Geoffrey Watson – Ep 27 (part 1)

Geoffrey Watson is based in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently one of the selected “Kickstart” artists. We met at the Arts Centre to speak about his project and other things he is busy with including:
– fitness first and shower room etiquette
– notability and political tension
– commonwealth games
– rhythm in Contemporary Dance
– dealing with context
– sublime, ridiculous, beauteous
– the impotence of theatre
– considering past self

more info:
https://www.facebook.com/alroyandjam
http://exhibitions.slv.vic.gov.au/dome100/100-dome-stories/perspectives-dome/dancer-dome
http://nextwave.org.au/artist/geoffrey-watson/
https://www.linkedin.com/pub/geoffrey-watson/97/808/434
https://vimeo.com/user19993003
https://www.facebook.com/geoffshka

Amelia McQueen – Ep 26 (part 2)

Amelia McQueen is based in Melbourne, Australia. In this second part we talk about:
– creating a platform
– Guerrilla performance at DanceMassive with Atlanta Eke and Tim Darbyshire
– being a team player
– the default of non-existence
– conversation and proclamation
– being on a board

more info:
http://theatrepress.com.au/2014/10/02/review-speakeasy-presents-potential/
http://lalaishere.net/2011/05/cultural-terror/

Amelia McQueen – Ep 26 (part 1)

Amelia McQueen is based in Melbourne, Australia. In this first part we talk about:
– creating a platform
– perfectionism
– opportunism
– soft landing
– being on tour
– side effects of action
– zooming in and out

more info:
http://blog.ql2.org.au/?author=44
http://www.dancehouse.com.au/performance/performancedetails.php?id=163
http://www.tasdancearchive.com.au/mcqueen-amelia/

Amy Macpherson – Ep 25

Amy Macpherson is based in Melbourne, Australia. We caught up just before she headed to Finland on tour.
We chatted about:
– her current performer role in Forklift by Kage physical theatre
– 2014 JUMP mentorship with Narelle Benjamin
– the resulting solo Soma
– company Phantom Limbs
– formula for corporate contortion performance
– suddenly being the oldest cast member (at 27)
– seeing the world and other goals

more info:
https://vimeo.com/user17990824
http://amymacphersonmakesdance.blogspot.com.au/
http://www.melbournefringe.com.au/fringe-festival/show/soma/
http://phantomlimbsdance.blogspot.com.au/
http://www.starnow.com.au/amymacpherson3