Dunedin Fringe Festival

Saudade

Dance Performance Art

Saudade

Venue New Athenaeum Theatre
23 The Octagon, Dunedin
Times Fri 16 Mar 2018, 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Sat 17 Mar 2018, 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Sat 17 Mar 2018, 6:00pm - 6:45pm
All Ages
Price $10.00 - $12.00

This piece is an exploration of themes of emptiness, absence and loneliness and its translation into movement and sound. I began the creative process at my final semester of my MA degree in Contemporary Dance Performance, where I explored these themes, which arose from a personal experience at the time in order to create a solo. The movement emerged as I was tracking sensation in my own body, researched the above themes and investigated the relationship between my body's response to it, and the sound created in response to my body's experience. After a well-needed distance from the piece, I started to rebuild it, as my perspective on the themes and embodiment of it changed. I felt a certain responsibility towards myself, my artistic expression and the piece to grow and change proportionally with me. As a dance artist, I am very much interested in combining elements from two sources that inspire me and my movement greatly: anatomical exploration of the body that leads into movement, and physical translation of moments from a world of fantasy as well as my own world of surrealistic dreams. Therefore, the work will emerge through movement improvisation with articulate vocabulary composed through exploring the capacity of the body’s anatomy and its potential for generating movement, quirky details stemming from my interest in fantasy, spoken word, and sound improvisation reacting and complementing the movement. 'Emptiness which is conceptually liable to be mistaken for sheer nothingness is, in fact, the reservoir of infinite possibilities.' – D.T. Suzuki. The aim of this piece is to bring the audience on a journey toward understanding and accepting these vulnerable emotions and its various manifestations in others as well as themselves.

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